Trial on Maryland’s new state legislative map begins

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A trial over the legality of Maryland’s new state legislative district map has begun.

Attorneys for plaintiffs who are challenging the boundaries focused Wednesday on eight districts in the middle of the state that they say are not compact. They argue that several do not give due regard for political subdivisions such as county lines. Plaintiffs contend districts have been drawn to favor Democrats who control the legislature, where the map was approved last month.

But an expert witness for lawyers of the state who are defending the map testified that the map does not constitute partisan gerrymandering.


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