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    On a party line vote, Supreme Court restores Texas Republican-drawn maps

    Source: Think Progress

    In a victory for Republicans, all the Republican members of the Supreme Court joined a pair of orders handed down Tuesday, staying a lower court decision which struck down two Republican-drawn districts. All four of the Court’s Democrats would have denied the stay.

    Tuesday evening’s orders are the latest development in a long, winding challenge to Texas’ gerrymandered maps. You can read a summary of the many twists and turns in this case, as well as the legal issues before the Supreme Court, here.

    The crux of the case is that, last month, a three-judge panel of federal judges held that two Texas congressional districts were illegally drawn — the first because it was intentionally drawn to dilute Hispanic votes, the second because it was drawn with too much reliance on race.

    Texas, represented by Republican superlawyer Paul Clement, asked the Supreme Court to stay this decision, arguing that “allowing the State to continue to use [its current maps] for the 2018 elections will impose little harm,” because “if the plaintiffs ultimately prevail before this Court on appeal, a new map could still be drawn in time for the 2020 elections.”

     

    Read more:

    https://thinkprogress.org/on-a-party-line-vote-supreme-court-restores-texas-republican-drawn-maps-73ac3257f13e/


    Republican and Democratic Supreme Court Justices?  Thought the judicial branch was supposed to be above petty stuff like party affiliation.

    :idea:

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  • happyslug (314 posts)
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    1. Here is the ORDER, no opinion, just an order

     

    (ORDER LIST: 582 U.S.)
    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
    ORDER IN PENDING CASE
    17A245 ABBOTT, GOV. OF TX, ET AL. V. PEREZ, SHANNON, ET AL.

    The application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted, and it is ordered that the order of the United States District Court for the Wester District of Texas, case No. SA-11-CV-360, entered August 24, 2017, is stayed pending the timely filing and disposition of an appeal to this Court.

    Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan would deny the application.

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/091217zr3_4g15.pdf

     

    Here is the Docket for that case:

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/17a245.html