Agre v. Wolf
Four Pennsylvania citizens allege in a suit filed in federal district court that the state’s 2011 congressional map is a partisan gerrymander. The plaintiffs assert that the 2011 plan unlawfully places citizens into congressional districts based upon their likely voting preferences. The plaintiffs also claim that the General Assembly’s plan seeks to influence the political identity of Pennsylvania’s congressional representatives. These actions, the plaintiffs contend, violate the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs have asked the court to redraw the districts before the 2018 congressional elections. The plaintiffs have also requested a three-judge panel to be convened to hear the case.
The court will hold a pretrial conference on October 10.
Following a scheduling conference, the order entered an order that directed the defendants filed an answer or otherwise respond to the complaint by October 24.
The court also directed that Republican legislative leaders, who have indicated an intention to intervene, file their motion to intervene and answer the complaint or otherwise respond or move to stay the case by October 24.
In addition, the court scheduled a pretrial hearing for November 7 and announced that trial would start on December 5.
On October 16, the proposed legislative intervenors filed a motion asked for reconsideration of the court's scheduling order once the remaining members of the three-judge panel are appointed.
District Court Documents
- Complaint (October 2, 2017)
- Pretrial Order (October 4, 2017)
- Request for Three Judges (October 5, 2017)
- Pretrial Scheduling Order (October 10, 2017)
- Motion for Review and Reconsideration of Scheduling Order By Three Judge Panel By Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Michael C. Turzai and Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore (October 16, 2017)