Judges Say Texas Can't Move Forward With Redistricting Plans The Feds Say Are Discrim

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Judges Say Texas Can't Move Forward With Redistricting Plans The Feds Say Are Discriminatory

Ryan J. Reilly | September 30, 2011, 2:30PM


A panel of three federal judges ordered Texas not to move forward with redistricting plans for both congressional and state legislative seats until they are approved in court.

Justice Department lawyers have declared in court that they believe the congressional and statehouse redistricting plans signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry have been adopted at least in part for the purpose of "diminishing the ability of citizens of the United States, on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group, to elect their preferred candidates."


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Not a ruling throwing out the plan, only a ruling saying it can't go forward until the plan is approved in court.
 

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This is interesting. TX Court just ordered the parties to present new maps, b/c they do not think a court case about them will be decided in time. The court might end up drawing the maps:



Texas Court Orders New Map While Case Is Pending

By Shira Toeplitz
Roll Call Staff
Oct. 4, 2011, Midnight


A federal court in San Antonio will begin drawing a contingency Congressional map so that House candidates can file on time.

In a Friday evening order, the court said it’s unlikely that a separate federal pre-clearance trial in the District of Columbia’s District Court will finish before candidates begin to file.

The San Antonio court is handling a civil trial between Democrats and minority groups who sued Texas over the new map. But the San Antonio court’s hands are tied until the District of Columbia’s District Court decides whether Texas’ new Congressional map complies with the Voting Rights Act. The Justice Department believes the new Texas map is illegal, and legal experts say a trial could last months.

For that reason, the three federal judges on the San Antonio court ordered both sides to draw a new Congressional map.

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Okay, MORE interesting! The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case related to the TX redistricting map:



Supreme Court Steps Into Texas Redistricting Fight


The Supreme Court on Friday night announced that it will hear oral argument to consider the constitutionality of Texas redistricting plans drawn up by a lower federal court.

A three-judge panel in San Antonio put forward its own interim redistricting plans over Thanksgiving weekend. It determined that the Texas legislature failed to adequately account for the state's increase in Hispanic residents when redrawing its state and federal voting districts. The Supreme Court has now stayed those plans and ordered an expedited briefing schedule in advance of oral argument on Jan. 9.

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