A federal court on Thursday suggested settlement discussions be pursued in a case in which Republican voters in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District want to toss out a map they say was unfairly crafted to benefit Democrats. The three-judge panel made the recommendation during a hearing on the case in Baltimore, according to the state attorney general’s office, which is defending the current district boundaries. The options for U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Bredar and two other federal judges could include having a nonpartisan redistricting commission redraw the boundaries, asking lawmakers to redo the map, or preserving the current district lines.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has sided with the GOP voters and called for a nonpartisan commission.
An attorney general’s spokesperson said afterward that the office does not comment on ongoing litigation. Michael Kimberly, an attorney for the voters, did not immediately respond to an email inquiry.