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Former Gov. O'Malley deposed in lawsuit challenging Md.'s 2011 redistricting

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks during the Hardin County New Leadership Forum, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Iowa Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has been deposed in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's 2011 redistricting process.

Michael Kimberly, an attorney representing a plaintiff in the case, said O'Malley was deposed Wednesday. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Busch also were deposed recently. All are Democrats.

The three cited legislative and executive privilege in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid turning over records and testifying, but U.S. District Judge James Bredar ruled the legislature's role in the process "supports overcoming the legislative privilege."

The plaintiffs allege that state officials redrew Maryland's congressional districts based on party registration and voting histories. They're asking a three-judge panel to prevent the state from enforcing its current congressional map. Attorneys expect a bench trial this summer.

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