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Department of Justice moves to dismiss lawsuit challenging legislative district map


MADISON, Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed over a state legislative district map, claiming the 2011 lines were drawn to the advantage of Republicans.

The lawsuit filed by a group of Democrats asks that the map's boundaries be thrown out, calling it "one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history."

The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1MCNQHC ) reports DOJ attorneys moved Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that no standard exists for measuring the burden a gerrymander places on the right to legislative representation. Justice officials also say plaintiffs in the lawsuit don't have standing to sue unless they live in a gerrymandered district.

The case is to be heard by a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court in Madison and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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