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Supreme Court on Dan Webster joining redistricting case: No



U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Orlando, won't be allowed to intervene in the congressional redistricting case that he fears could eliminate his district, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In a short response to the request Webster filed last Thursday, the Court rejected Webster's argument that he deserves a "seat at the table." A new congressional map approved by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis violates the Fair Districts amendments by "disfavoring" an incumbent, Webster argued. That incumbent: himself.

"Equity would require that all interests be heard on this issue, especially that of a sitting United States Congressman about to be radically impacted," the filing by Webster's lawyer James Wilkes says.

State legislators, however, disagreed.

Lawyers for the House and Senate wrote that they didn't think Webster should be allowed to be part of the case "at this late stage." But they had no problem with allowing the former Republican speaker of the Florida House to file a brief on his behalf.

The case is intended to redraw maps that the Supreme Court says violates the state constitution. The court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Nov. 10, after lawmakers finish a special session to redraw state Senate maps in Tallahassee.

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