Expert Bybee Details Gerrymandering Case
A 2011 restructuring of political zones in Maryland is now the focus of a Supreme Court ruling, after Republican politicians claimed the move was one of partisan gerrymandering. It will be the second tried case on this topic in less than six months. For Courthouse News, Maxwell professor and Vice Dean of the Syracuse College of Law talked about this case and explained what lawmakers would have to prove.
“They’re just trying to do this whole Houdini escape-type of move,” he said. “I don’t even have to get into the different metrics of proportionality or disproportionality or wasted votes or any of that stuff. If I can just show that you drew this district to punish Republicans, then that’s a violation of the free-speech rights and association rights of Republicans, and it shifts the burden onto the state to prove that they weren’t.”