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Pa. Supreme Court justice was biased in gerrymandering case, Republicans say

February 2, 2018
The current congressional map was struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. In a new filing before the U.S. Supreme Court, top state Republican lawmakers say one state supreme court justice, David Wecht, made statements while campaigning that should have disqualified him from participating in the case.

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Top Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a Pennsylvania high court order overturning the state’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, saying at least one state court justice in the case was biased.

David Wecht, who was elected as a Democrat to the state high court in 2015, several disparaging comments about gerrymandering while campaigning for the Supreme Court seat. Those comments should have disqualified him from participating in the redistricting case, State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai said in a U.S. Supreme Court filing Friday.

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