October 23, 2014

Groups may seek sanctions for law firm

Democrats and Hispanic groups that lost most of a court battle last year over Wisconsin’s redistricting plan now say they are considering another legal challenge. The plaintiffs told a three-judge federal court panel Tuesday that they might seek sanctions against Michael Best and Friedrich, the law firm which helped Republicans secretly draw new Assembly and Senate district maps.

After losing the main lawsuit, the plaintiffs said they had evidence showing that Republicans and their lawyers failed to follow the court’s previous orders by not releasing all documents which explained how the GOP drafted the new maps. A computer examiner hired on behalf of Michael Best identified 34 GOP emails that were never turned over to plaintiffs in the case, despite a court order.