The plaintiffs and defendant in the Michigan congressional and state legislative redistricting legal challenge looked to have arrived at a pre-trial solution, but the federal judge hearing the case refused to accept the so-called compromise. Because the suggested settlement was crafted between the Democratic plaintiffs and Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the judge ruled that she does not have the legal standing to negotiate or accept terms. And, the fact that the solution was negotiated by Democrats on both sides of the legal battle also prompted the judge to question the settlement. As a result, the Michigan case will head to trial.
This controversy may be mute, however. The US Supreme Court looks to issue potential landmark redistricting rulings before the end of June on cases from Maryland and North Carolina pertaining to both racial and political gerrymandering. Therefore, final disposition of the Michigan case at the district level, should a decision come before the federal high panel acts, may be quickly superseded.
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