Date set in Supreme Court for Md. gerrymandering case

Supreme Court police officers walk on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)(AP/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has set a date to hear a Maryland case in which Republicans argue Democrats may have benefited from redrawing congressional district lines.

The high court will hear oral arguments on March 28 regarding whether the state’s congressional redistricting process violated the First Amendment rights of a group of Republican voters in the state.

Republican plaintiffs in O. John Benisek et al. v. Linda H. Lamone et al., said that, following the 2010 census, the 6th Congressional District was redrawn to benefit Democrats.

Republican Roscoe Bartlett held the seat for nine terms but lost to Democrat John Delaney.

The 6th District stretches from Potomac through western Montgomery County and through Western Maryland including Garrett County.

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