Federal Judges Deny Lawmakers Request For Stay In Gerrymandering Case

Cesar Mills
January 18, 2018

Should the state supreme court strike down these maps, moreover, they could potentially create a firewall against gerrymanders in Pennsylvania even if the U.S. Supreme Court takes a hard Trumpian turn.

The lower-court judges wrote the lawmakers failed to meet their burden to justify delaying the order. "The resulting partisan asymmetry was the largest in the country in the 2016 election, and the fourth-largest, on net, of all congressional plans nationwide since 1972".

The General Assembly of North Carolina has spent nearly $5.6 million defending itself against lawsuits that attack the legislature's recent redistricting plans for North Carolina.

In a almost 200-page opinion, the three-judge panel ruled that state Republicans drew excessively partisan districts when previously ordered to redraw the state's congressional map.

"We're not doing it to equalize population or make the districts more compact or contiguous", David Gersch, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said of Republican legislators.

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The first, on August 15, ordered Texas to redraw two Congressional districts for intentionally discriminating against minority voters, who tend to fa. The court past year heard arguments in a Wisconsin case over the limits of partisan gerrymandering, and a ruling in that case is pending.

The high court agreed to review rulings from last August by a three-judge federal court in San Antonio.

On Tuesday, the judges - 4th U.S. Circuit Judge James A. Wynn and District Judges William Osteen and Earl Britt - rejected that request, saying the cases in the other states are different enough legally that their decision could stand no matter how the justices rule. In addition, Abbott claims the district court's decision to dismiss the case should be affirmed because of appellants lack of reliable standard for claims. The judge's denial was 21 pages long.

Flagging two congressional districts and nine House districts across four counties as problematic, the panel sided with the voting and minority rights groups who accused Republican lawmakers of discriminating against voters of color, who tend to favor Democrats at the ballot box, in drawing the maps.

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