STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state’s legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed its notice of appeal Monday. Last week a panel of federal judges rejected the allegations that the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts. Democrats prevailed in a similar lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional districts. Republicans appealed that case to the U.S. Supreme Court as well.