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Legal fight continues over redistricting


UNDATED (WSAU)   Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and several other Republicans have been subpoenaed by two groups that lost their legal challenge to the state’s new legislative districts. A group of Democrats and a Milwaukee Hispanic group believe the G-O-P is still withholding documents about the mapping process that a federal court ordered to be released. And they’re accusing Republicans of trying to hide three state computers where the final documents might be stored.

The plaintiffs want Vos, chief clerks of both houses, and the Legislative Technology Service Bureau to testify in court on where the computers are. Vos claims he doesn’t know. Others have not commented.

Last year, a three-judge federal panel ruled that all but two of the Republicans’ new Senate and Assembly districts met the constitutional criteria of being relatively equal in population. But the judges said the G-O-P tried to dilute Hispanic representation – and they ordered two Milwaukee Assembly districts to be redrawn. Since then, the Republicans released a number of documents about their secret re-mapping process – and their lawyers hired a Chicago law firm to investigate whether more should have been found and turned over.