After Alito rejected the GOP claims, Richard Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said there were several legal doctrines that "pretty much preclude a collateral attack in federal court on the state court's order".
Penn State now sits in the largest district in Pennsylvania, an arrangement which critics say dilutes the influence of State College and the university. "Which makes sense", said Sims.
"If [politicians] are cheating the system, it makes it not in our favor", Higby (freshman-health and human development) said.
The court has said it will ensure a new redistricting plan is available by Monday.
"We will fight that battle wherever we can", Corman said. Montgomery. Split into four districts in the republican map. "I've already done what the court has asked me to do in terms of judging and serving as the arbiter of whether the map that I got was fair".
When it comes to competitiveness... two maps submitted by petitioners would.
Dilvany Thomas believes the current system of congressional representation encourages gerrymandering.
In pushing parts of Lehigh and Northampton counties into the Bucks-based district, the governor's office said "these communities are close to New Jersey and include many similar economic traits, such as a density of trucking, shipping and logistics companies".
Catullo said the court has an interest in intervening in redistricting when bipartisan negotiations break down.
"We're going to have a Stanford professor come into Pennsylvania, and he's going to act as the prosecutor by presenting the evidence, he's going to act as the juror by evaluating the evidence, and he exclusively is going to act as a judge by ultimately ruling on the evidence and producing a map-one person-to the court for the people of Pennsylvania to live under", Corman said. "You can't have bipartisan districts when the governor and the legislature - everyone involved - have their own side". The Supreme Court recognized in 2015 that legislatures did not have the exclusive authority to draw congressional districts.
Parties to the original League of Women Voters case are permitted to submit their own maps of preference, but ultimately - unless an extension is granted to the political bodies - it will be the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issuing a map that will be used for the 2018 congressional election in Pennsylvania.