Divided Florida Supreme agrees to settle dispute over secret evidence used at trial

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A divided Florida Supreme Court says it will settle a dispute over secret evidence used at a trial to decide whether legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps.

In a 5-2 decision, the court on Tuesday said it will hear an appeal over whether evidence taken from a Gainesville political consulting firm should have been used in a redistricting trial. The trial dealing with maps for Congress ended earlier this month.

The evidence was heard at the trial, but it was kept from the public under a previous order from the high court.

The firm Data Targeting and its employees maintain that disclosure of emails and other documents will violate trade secrets and First Amendment rights.

A verdict in the trial still has not been reached.

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