Legislators and Staff Want to Quash Redistricting Subpoenas

According to a report in Gongwer, 25 current and former legislators and legislative staffers subpoenaed by plaintiffs challenging Michigan’s maps for the U.S. House, Michigan Senate and Michigan House have filed a motion last week to quash those subpoenas.

The motion was filed at the U.S. District Court in Detroit, which is hearing the case, the motion argues the subpoena violates legislative privilege that protects legislative communications, are overly broad, request information unrelated to the plaintiffs’ claims and impose an undue burden on nonparty legislators, former legislators and current and former legislative staff.

Democratic voters have filed suit against the 2011 reapportionment plan passed that year by the Legislature as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

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