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Court: GOP's Texas Redistricting Plan Intentionally Discriminated Against Hispanics


The panel of three judges found that "surgery" had been performed on congressional districts belonging to minority members of Congress while no such alterations were made to districts belonging to incumbent white members of Congress.

"Anglo district boundaries were redrawn to include particular country clubs and, in one case, the school belonging to the incumbent's grandchildren," the judges wrote.

That country club reference is tied to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who chairs the House Oversight Committee that oversees the Justice Department. A lawyer for Smith had requested that a country club be moved out of a Hispanic district and into his.

Additionally, the court was "troubled by the unchallenged evidence that the legislature removed the economic guts from the Black ability districts," which caused economic harm to minority districts.

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