TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida appeals court says it shouldn’t have intervened in a trial over whether state legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps.
In a highly unusual move, the 1st District Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that three judges on the court were wrong when they decided in May that evidence taken from a Gainesville political consulting firm could not be used in a redistricting trial.
The appeals court by a 5-4 vote ruled the state Supreme Court should have been asked to resolve the dispute immediately. Six judges recused themselves from the decision.
The evidence was heard at the trial after the Florida Supreme Court ordered it. But the evidence was kept secret from the public.
A verdict in the trial still has not been reached.
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