Virginia Supreme Courtroom rejects GOP’s slate of redistricting consultants, citing conflicts of curiosity


Beneath Virginia legislation, the court docket should appoint two such consultants, identified in authorized parlance as particular masters. Nevertheless, the justices specifically rejected the nomination of Thomas Bryan, who the Virginia Senate GOP caucus had paid $20,000 in consulting charges in September—a reality Republicans didn’t disclose in placing forth Bryan’s title and was solely highlighted publicly in a letter that Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw despatched to the court docket simply days in the past. The justices additional mentioned they’ve unspecified “issues” in regards to the GOP’s two different candidates, each of whom are additionally partisan Republican operatives, and advised Republicans to offer a brand new set of proposals by Monday.

Democrats, against this, suggested three nonpartisan professors who’re well-known within the area and have served as court-appointed consultants in previous redistricting instances. The court docket did, nonetheless, order Democrats to provide you with one substitution, saying that one unnamed individual on their record “has asserted a situation or reservation” indicating he may not be prepared to work in tandem with whomever the justices select because the second particular grasp.