Landmark Florida redistricting trial wraps up

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 04 2014 03:04:07 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A landmark trial over whether state legislators violated the law and drew up political maps designed to help Republicans is wrapping up.

The 11-day, non-jury trial is scheduled to end Wednesday afternoon. Judge Terry Lewis is expected to issue a verdict in the case in late June.

During the trial, there's been discussion of secret meetings among legislators as well as acknowledgment of deleted emails. There was even an extraordinary closed-door court session where evidence was presented to a judge privately.

But Florida's legislative leaders and GOP operatives have consistently denied that they did anything wrong in drawing up maps for Congress.

The trial marks the first test of a 2010 constitutional amendment that said legislators could not draw up districts to favor incumbents or members of a political party.

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