Court won't hear Md. redistricting challenge

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a complaint against Maryland's congressional redistricting map by voters unhappy with the state's new maps.

The high court affirmed Maryland judges' decision to throw the lawsuit out. Some voters had complained that the new maps passed by the state legislature last year discriminated against African-Americans by failing to create a third majority-black congressional district in the state.

The lower court judges also said the lawsuit didn't meet the burden of proof that the map is a partisan gerrymander. In addition, the panel rejected arguments that a recent law that counts prisoners in the communities where they are from instead of the prisons where they are confined is unconstitutional.

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