Florida Supreme Court unseals additional documents related to lawsuit over redistricting

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The Florida Supreme Court is unsealing additional documents related to ongoing lawsuits challenging how legislators drew legislative and congressional districts.

The high court on Monday released an email exchange between a Florida-based Republican consultant and a national GOP consultant over changes to the state Senate maps. Florida consultant Rich Heffley is congratulated in the two-year-old email for helping guide the drawing of the new map because it will limit Democratic gains during the 2012 election.

National Republican groups tried to keep the email from being disclosed but they were unsuccessful.

Last month the Supreme Court released hundreds of pages of documents and emails belonging to a Gainesville-based political consultant.

Sen. Don Gaetz on Monday asserted that despite the email Heffley did not play a role in drawing new districts.

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