Published: May 28, 2014 2:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is being asked to stop a Florida judge from hearing evidence obtained from a Republican political consulting firm.
    
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the evidence could be used by groups suing the Legislature over new political maps. But the court also said that the evidence must not be disclosed in open court.
    
The groups suing legislators planned to present the evidence Thursday.
    
But lawyers representing Gainesville-based Data Targeting and its employees on Wednesday asked Thomas for an emergency stay. Thomas handles emergency applications from Florida.
    
In court papers, lawyers for the company and its employees say that the action is needed to prevent disclosure of privileged information during the trial.
    
Data Targeting's lawyers are being paid by the Republican Party of Florida.

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