MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal court ordered the Wisconsin Legislature Monday to grant access to three computers that were used to help create the Republicans’ new Assembly and Senate districts.
The maps were drawn in secret by the GOP majority in 2011 – and the court told the GOP to release the contents of the three computers to Democratic and Hispanic groups that sued over the redistricting.
A three-judge panel unanimously agreed the computers are quote, “likely to contain relevant and responsive materials that should have been disclosed” in last year’s lawsuit.
The plaintiffs lost most of their case, as the court found that all but two of the 132 legislative districts were constitutionally drawn correctly. But after the decision, the groups discovered documents that should have been released to them during the lawsuit, but were not.
Now, the plaintiffs want to find out if GOP lawmakers improperly withheld other documents before a trial in the case began.