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Redistricting case settled, no malicious intent

Published On: May 16 2013 10:13:43 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A group of Democrats and an immigration rights organization which sued the state over redistricting have dropped their efforts to determine why Republicans failed to turn over records in the case.

Documents filed in federal court say the two sides in the lawsuit say they found no proof that thousands of files deleted from state computers were removed maliciously. The State Journal says the report indicates it could not be determined whether the deleted files were the result of "inadvertence or ineptitude."

The report is part of a post-trial effort to find out why the state failed to turn over records to the plaintiffs as ordered by the court. The plaintiffs include the Milwaukee group Voces de la Frontera. The lawsuit was filed after Republicans who controlled the Legislature in 2011 drew district lines benefiting their party.

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