TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is allowing the use of key evidence in an ongoing trial to determine whether state legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps.
The high court on Tuesday overturned an appeals court decision that had blocked the use of documents obtained from a Gainesville-based political consulting firm.
Groups suing the Florida Legislature wanted to use the documents in their lawsuit, which contends legislators drew up congressional districts in 2012 in a way that would help Republicans.
But the court added the restriction that the courtroom must be closed when the evidence is presented to Judge Terry Lewis.
Attorneys for the Legislature have denied any wrongdoing. If the court finds the current districts unconstitutional, it could force legislators to redraw them.