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Justice officials move to dismiss redistricting lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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 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.

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