[JURIST] Supreme Court officials announced on Friday that Justice Samuel Alito denied [AP report] state legislators' request for a stay in the redistricting case Agre v. Wolf [advocacy website]. In a mandamus petition [text, PDF] filed on October 30, State Representative Michael C. Turzai and State Senator Joseph B. Scarnati, III, argued that
On October 25, a three judge panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a Motion to Intervene [texts, PDF] by Turzai and Scarnati. The legislators asked the Supreme Court to stay district court proceedings in Agre, arguing that this case is substantively similar to Whitford v. Gill [JURIST report], which is currently before the Court. They had argued that a decision in Whitford could render Agre moot.
The complaint in Agre v. Wolf, filed on October 2, argues [pdf] that current electoral maps unfairly give Pennsylvania Republicans an advantage and violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments and Elections clause of the US Constitution.