“Wisconsin Supreme Court for now reinstates redistricting lawyers for Republican legislators”

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, on opening salvos in the long battles to come:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court for the time being reinstated the redistricting attorneys for Republican state lawmakers late Thursday in a decision that divided the justices along ideological lines. 

The 4-3 ruling means the Republicans can resume working with private attorneys they hired at taxpayer expense while the high court considers the case….

The Republicans hired attorneys in December and January because of the anticipated litigation. A group of Madison teachers sued and Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke agreed with them in an April ruling that said lawmakers can hire attorneys when they are sued, but not when they simply expect they will be sued. 

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