A strange Supreme Court alliance just struck a blow against racial gerrymandering in the United States.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the memorial service for his former colleague Antonin Scalia on March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that two congressional districts in North Carolina were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Constitution. The broad ruling will likely have ripple effects on litigation across the country, helping plaintiffs establish that state legislatures unlawfully injected race into redistricting. And, in a welcome change, the decision did not split along familiar ideological lines: Justice Clarence Thomas joined the four liberal justices to create a majority, following his race-blind principles of equal protection to an unusually progressive result.
Cooper v. Harris, Monday’s case, involves North Carolina’s two most infamous congressional districts, District 1 and District 12. In the 1990s, the Democratic-controlled state legislature gerrymandered both districts into bizarre shapes that appeared to be drawn along racial lines. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: Congressman G.K. Butterfield told us on Saturday at the 1st Congressional District Convention to be on the look out for the court ruling. Oops here it is.
By Matthew Burns and Cullen Browder
Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower-court ruling that North Carolina lawmakers relied too much on race when redrawing two congressional districts after the 2010 census.
The ruling doesn’t affect the 2016 elections or future elections because state lawmakers redrew the congressional voting map shortly after the February 2016 ruling, but it could set the stage for a similar ruling regarding North Carolina’s legislative districts, which were challenged on the same grounds.
A panel of three federal judges determined that the 1st Congressional District, which spread like an octopus across northeast North Carolina and has a tentacle that dips into Durham County, and the 12th Congressional District, which snaked along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte, were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black. (Read more)
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