Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Nov 2005
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The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.

In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House didn't have the standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found that the new district maps must be used ahead of statewide elections later this year. Those new maps are already in use.

Democrats had claimed that previous districts were unlawful because they featured too many black voters, diminishing their power across the state and in other districts.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch.

Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaughdissented.

Virginia Democrats had challenged the 11 districts for the state’s House of Delegates, which were drawn after the 2010 census, and each have a population with at least 55 percent black residents of voting age.

The Supreme Court has previously held that race can’t be the leading factor in the creation of state districts. The justices first took on the case in 2015, but sent it back down to a lower court for reconsideration.
Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Gerrymandering is a disgusting tactic that needs to be eliminated. It is typically used to help the party in power to maintain that power against democracy.

As a side-note, Justice Clarence Thomas actually ruled with the liberals on this one as well as Gorsuch.
 
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Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Gerrymandering is a disgusting tactic that needs to be eliminated. It is typically used to help the party in power to maintain that power against democracy.

As a side-note, Justice Clarence Thomas actually ruled with the liberals on this one as well as Gorsuch.
Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Gerrymandering is a disgusting tactic that needs to be eliminated. It is typically used to help the party in power to maintain that power against democracy.

As a side-note, Justice Clarence Thomas actually ruled with the liberals on this one as well as Gorsuch.
How many of these kinds of cases have the Repugnant ones lost now?
 
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Well, look at that the Republican Supreme Court is fair. If it were stacked with Liberal Activists there would be nothing fair about it. and you know it.
 
Nov 2005
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Well, look at that the Republican Supreme Court is fair. If it were stacked with Liberal Activists there would be nothing fair about it. and you know it.
:rolleyes:
So one example proves Repubs on the Supreme Court are fair?
:zany:

Let's break this down per political side:
Liberal: 3 to 1. If the entire court had been liberal, the same ruling would have resulted.
Conservative: 2 to 3. If the entire court had been conservative, the ruling would have gone the other way.
It was the liberal presence which saved this ruling...
 
Jul 2008
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Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

Gerrymandering is a disgusting tactic that needs to be eliminated. It is typically used to help the party in power to maintain that power against democracy.

As a side-note, Justice Clarence Thomas actually ruled with the liberals on this one as well as Gorsuch.
The ruling was not about gerrymandering.

This ruling was that the Virginia House of Delegates (led by Republicans) did not have standing to appeal a lower court decision.
 
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Mar 2013
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The ruling was not about gerrymandering.

This ruling was that the Virginia House of Delegates (led by Republicans) did not have standing to appeal a lower court decision.
But it did, thank God, leave the lower court ruling intact and it looks like Va will have to use the court ordered redistricting.
 
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Dec 2018
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There's an important distinction with this case.
- The GOP in VA redistricted the map based on RACE. That is what prosecutors argued, the lower courts ruled, and the Supreme court upheld.
- The Supreme Court has basically said the GOP in VA haven't really made an argument for going back to the old map. Essentially the GOP said "here's the map", the lower courts said "that's illegal based on race", the GOP said we're taking it to the Supreme Court, but didn't really present an argument.

This is a win against gerrymandering, but only in cases where the gerrymandering was done based on race. So for states like mine where gerrymandering has been done by party lines (Wisconsin residents voted 54% democrat, but republicans won 64% of the state seats), this isn't much of a win.