Florida Judge Given Opposing Views On Map Trial

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is being given starkly different versions of what happened when state legislators drew new political maps for Congress.

Attorneys for the Florida Legislature and groups suing them have submitted closing statements to Circuit Judge Terry Lewis. Lewis must decide whether or not the Legislature broke the law when it came up with new congressional districts in 2012.

The trial wrapped up earlier this month, but both sides turned in lengthy legal briefs going over the evidence.

The groups suing the Legislature contend a shadow process was used to draw maps beneficial to Republicans. Legislative attorneys assert the evidence did not show that.

Lewis could call on the Legislature to redraw the districts. But it is very likely that the case will be appealed no matter who wins.

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