A three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (opinion per Clay, J.) has handed down an opinion wherein it:
[J]oins the growing chorus of federal courts that have, in recent years, held that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. We find that the [Michigan Redistricting Plan] violates Plaintiffs’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights because it deliberately dilutes the power of their votes by placing them in districts that were intentionally drawn to ensure a particular partisan outcome in each district.
This opinion may be revised or even overturned once the Supreme Court rules on two “partisan gerrymandering” cases presently before it.