Underneath Virginia legislation, the court docket should appoint two such consultants, identified in authorized parlance as particular masters. Nonetheless, the justices specifically rejected the nomination of Thomas Bryan, who the Virginia Senate GOP caucus had paid $20,000 in consulting charges in September—a reality Republicans didn’t disclose in placing forth Bryan’s title and was solely highlighted publicly in a letter that Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw despatched to the court docket simply days in the past. The justices additional stated they’ve unspecified “issues” in regards to the GOP’s two different candidates, each of whom are additionally partisan Republican operatives, and advised Republicans to supply a brand new set of proposals by Monday.

Democrats, in contrast, suggested three nonpartisan professors who’re well-known within the area and have served as court-appointed consultants in previous redistricting instances. The court docket did, nevertheless, order Democrats to give you one substitution, saying that one unnamed individual on their listing “has asserted a situation or reservation” indicating he won’t be keen to work in tandem with whomever the justices select because the second particular grasp.