Court did its job

History is your friend if you can make it up as you go along. In your editorial of April 4 you make redistricting in 2011 sound like it was a cooperative effort agreed to by all parties.

When the Republicans pushed through a map that looked like an abstract by Picasso, there were 11 appeals filed the following month.

On June 8, 2012, the redistricting commission released its amended state legislative district proposal. Court challenges were dismissed on May 8, 2013, and the map took effect in 2014.

On Jan. 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order striking down the state’s congressional district map, finding that the map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

They ruled the petitioners had established that the 2011 Plan subordinates the traditional redistricting criteria in service of achieving unfair partisan advantage, and, thus, violates the Free and Equal Elections Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The Pennsylvania Supreme court was doing its job. Section 17(d) of the PA Constitution states: “Any aggrieved person may file an appeal from the final plan directly to the Supreme Court within thirty days after the filing thereof.

If the appellant establishes that the final plan is contrary to law, the Supreme Court shall issue an order remanding the plan to the commission and directing the commission to reapportion the Commonwealth in a manner not inconsistent with such order.”

Richard Tobin


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