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Redistricting lawsuit plaintiffs get extension to examine computers


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s redistricting lawsuit will have two more months to examine Republican computers, and look for possible wrongdoing in the re-mapping process.

A federal court Thursday gave two groups of Democrats and Hispanics until May 10th to dig for evidence in GOP computers that were recently handed to them.

In a court filing this week, the groups said they discovered that one of the hard drives was dented and scratched – and others had evidence that documents were electronically “wiped” so they could be deleted for good.

In a trial last year, the plaintiffs lost their case when the court ruled that all but two of the Assembly and Senate districts drawn by the GOP in 2011 were constitutional.

Since the trial, the two groups said they’ve found 55 documents that the GOP was ordered to hand over to the plaintiffs by a court order, and never did.

The plaintiffs say it will cost at least $100,000 for the new computer analysis. The court must decide who will pay the tab.