Republican lawmakers argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Wednesday that being compelled to provide certain sensitive documents in a gerrymandering case in Ohio violated the First Amendment.
The lawmakers made several arguments in their appeal. First, the lawmakers claimed that “all of the orders issued by the three-judge district court regarding discovery” should be vacated because the court “lacked jurisdiction to hear” those claims. Second, the lawmakers claimed that the court violated the lawmakers’ First Amendment rights by compelling them “to disclose documents that were protected under the First Amendment privilege.”
The lawmakers argued that these documents were not crucial to the case. They also argued that there was already “ample evidence regarding the issues” from other sources which would not require the disclosure of these documents.