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Media organizations want access to evidence used by judge during redistricting trial

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida media organizations, including The Associated Press, are asking the state Supreme Court to make public documents used in the state's redistricting trial.

A circuit judge earlier this month ruled that Florida legislators illegally drew maps for Congress. Judge Terry Lewis based part of that ruling on evidence that was not made public.

The evidence included emails and documents taken from Republican political consultants. The consultants sued to block use of the documents. The state Supreme Court allowed Lewis to use the evidence if it was not discussed in open court.

The AP — along with most of the state's major newspapers, WFLA in Tampa, the First Amendment Foundation and the Florida Press Association — filed a motion on Monday asking to present legal briefs on the case to the state Supreme Court.

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