The Hill - A federal court on Monday struck down state legislative district boundaries drawn by Republicans five years ago, ruling that the lines violated Democratic voters' constitutional rights.
The ruling by a panel of 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges does not apply to the state's Congressional district. But it is consequential because it embraced a new justification for overturning existing district lines, by finding Republicans intentionally discriminated against voters of a certain party, rather than voters of a certain race.
Appeals of cases involving political districting go directly to the Supreme Court. If the high court takes up the case with its current eight-member makeup, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a deadlocked decision would mean the three-judge panel's ruling would stand.