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Perez v. Abbott

Case Information

Date Filed: May 9, 2011
State: Texas
Issues: Redistricting, Vote Dillution
Current Court: United States Supreme Court (Case 17A225)

Issue:

Whether Texas' redistricting plan violates the Constitution because it does not make a good faith effort to maintain population equality and treats inmates as residents of the counties in which they are incarcerated.

Status:

Motion for Preliminary Injunction by Debbie Allen et al filed 10/14/15. Order denying preliminary injunction filed 11/16/15. Order for supplemental briefing in light of Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission filed 4/20/16. Non-U.S. Plaintiffs' Joint Motion for Entry of Judgment filed 12/30/16. Order denying motion for entry of judgment filed 1/5/17. Opinion finding some Congressional districts unlawfully drawn filed 3/10/17. Findings of Fact filed 3/10/17. Order finding intentional discrimination in drawing of Texas state House of Representatives districts, but ruling for state on other claims, filed 4/20/17. Findings of Fact in support of order filed 4/20/17. Order Denying Motion to Certify Record for Interlocutory Appeal filed 5/1/17. Post-trial briefs filed 7/31/17. Order on Plan C235 filed 8/15/17. Notice of Appeal filed 8/18/17. Motion for Stay Denied 8/18/17. Order on Plan H358 filed 8/24/17. Application for Stay filed in U.S. Supreme Court 8/25/17. Order Granting Temporary Stay for Texas Congressional redistricting case filed 8/28/17. Order Granting Temporary Stay for Texas House redistricting case filed 8/31/17. Response in Opposition to Stay Application filed 9/5/17. U.S. Supreme Court orders granting stays of Congressional and Texas House redistricting cases filed 9/12/17.

See also Davis v. Perry and Texas v. United States

 

District Court Documents

Supreme Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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