The Republican-controlled state Assembly has requested a court halt proceedings in Wisconsin’s redistricting case pending U.S. Supreme Court action on similar cases from other states. Lawyers for the Assembly, which intervened in the case last fall, wrote to the court Monday saying two cases the Supreme Court agreed to hear on appeal present the same issues as Wisconsin’s Gill vs. Whitford case and that holding a trial would be unnecessary until the Supreme Court cases are resolved. “Proceeding before the Supreme Court issues its decisions would be an unnecessary waste of the Court’s and the parties’ time and resources,” the Assembly lawyers wrote.
The Supreme Court earlier this month elected to hear in March two gerrymandering cases on appeal from Maryland and North Carolina.
Assembly lawyers argued it makes sense to delay proceedings in Gill vs. Whitford given it’s likely an eventual ruling in the North Carolina and Maryland cases will have a significant effect on the Wisconsin case, such as narrowing the issues it can present or vacating the case entirely.