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Vieth v. Jubelirer

United States Supreme Court
541 U.S. 267 (2004)


Facts

Vieth (plaintiff), a Pennsylvania registered Democrat, brought suit against Jubelirer (defendant) in his official capacity, alleging that the Pennsylvania General Assembly engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering when it established the districts for the election of congressional representatives. The complaint alleged that after the 2000 census, Pennsylvania was required to decrease its amount of representatives by two. In redistricting to reflect this change, prominent members of the Republican Party pressured the General Assembly into enacting a pro-Republican redistricting plan. This plan was ultimately passed by the Pennsylvania governor as Act I. Vieth brought suit to enjoin the implementation of Act I in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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