Rowan Wilson plays politics: Redistricting case ruling to favor Democrats is a disgrace

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Rowan Wilson plays politics: Redistricting case ruling to favor Democrats is a disgrace

By The Editorial Board
New York Daily News

New York State Chief Judge Rowan Wilson has used his center seat on the seven-member Court of Appeals, the highest bench in the state, to try to help the Democrats win some congressional contests.

While we, like Wilson, want the Democrats to take over enough of the 11 districts that elected Republicans last year and make Hakeem Jeffries the House speaker, our preference is for Jeffries and his allies to field better candidates and run better campaigns.

Wilson, aided by Associate Judge Caitlin Halligan skipping a crucial case and going into hiding based on the flimsiest of excuses (that she is friendly with a pro bono lawyer for the League of Women Voters, which isn’t even a party to the case) may not help the Democrats, but Wilson absolutely damaged the court, making it look foolish and divided and partisan.

With Halligan out of the way, Wilson brought in an accomplice, lower court Justice Dianne Renwick, to tip the high court to his 4-3 decision yesterday that undoes the high court decision from last year that correctly and properly decreed that the congressional and state Senate maps had to be drawn by a outside non-partisan expert, since the hopeless and hapless bipartisan New York State Independent Redistricting Commission and Democratic Legislature both bungled the task.

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