Supreme Court to hear appeal over Texas redistrictingJanuary 12, 2018 8:49pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear Texas' appeal to preserve congressional and legislative districts that a lower court struck down as racially discriminatory.

The justices said they will review a lower-court ruling that found problems with two congressional districts and statehouse districts in four counties.

The lower court had ordered the districts redrawn in time for the 2018 elections, but the Supreme Court blocked those orders last year.

Primary elections are scheduled for March under the existing, challenged maps.

The court probably will hear arguments in April and decide the case by late June.

The dispute over the Texas maps focuses on racial discrimination and is separate from the high court's ongoing consideration of excessive partisanship in redistricting in Maryland and Wisconsin.

Texas' congressional and legislative districting plans have been embroiled in court action for years, beginning in 2011.

After the state's original maps were tossed out as unconstitutional, a three-judge federal court produced interim districting plans that were used in the 2012 elections.

In 2013, Republicans who control the state government rushed to permanently adopt those maps to use for the rest of the decade, until a new round of redistricting after the 2020 census.

But opponents criticized the adopted maps as a quick fix that didn't purge all districts of the impermissible use of race.

In 2017, the same judges who approved the interim maps in 2012 agreed with the challengers that the maps were the product of intentional discrimination.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in the state's appeal that the lower-court ruling is a "remarkable decision that defies law, logic and fact."

In urging the justices to ratify the decision by the three judges, civil rights groups said that almost all the districts at issue were originally adopted by Texas lawmakers in 2011 and were rife with racial bias.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., left, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., center left, and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., right, watch as President-elect Donald Trump, center right, departs a rally in Hershey, Pa. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map in a 4-3 decision Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries
Top Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker announces US House bidPennsylvania's House Majority Leader Dave Reed will run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in southwestern Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out state's congressional map, ruling that gerrymandering violates constitutionPennsylvania Supreme Court throws out state's congressional map, ruling that gerrymandering violates constitution
The Latest: GOP to seek a stop to gerrymandering caseTop Republican lawmakers say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hold up the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to strike down the boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts.
This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Maurice Mason, whose death sentence for raping and killing Robin Dennis in February 1993 was overturned by a federal appeals court. Mason is challenging a new sentencing hearing, and the Ohio Supreme Court scheduled a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 to weigh his arguments that the state's capital punishment law is unconstitutional because judges and not juries hand down death sentences. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
Lawyers: Juries, not judges, should impose death sentences
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., returns to his office as the federal shutdown enters Day 2 amid a partisan blame game on both sides, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Latest: Trump insists immigration talk comes later
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices