Alabama – A U.S. District Court panel invalidated a substantial portion of the Alabama state legislative district map after considering the racial gerrymandering challenge on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Montgomery, Alabama – February 11th is the date a U.S. District judge has set for a hearing on whether to order a preliminary injunction requested by Greater Birmingham Ministries to suspend application of the state’s voter identification law. Read more in the Montgomery Advertiser.
Controversy is brewing over an ill-timed executive decision affecting Alabama DMV offices.
The Supreme Court’s recent opinion remanding a challenge by Black state officials to the 2012 Alabama Legislative district map back to a federal district court is relatively short for a majority opinion but chock full of legal nuggets as the justices’ focused on several bases for returning this case back to a lower court to […]
The Alabama Legislative Black Caucus’ Supreme Court Case was late last year, and focused on whether that state’s 2012 legislative redistricting plan was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Interestingly, there was a second question presented in the case at the district court level: “whether the 2012 redistricting plans allocate control of local delegations in a manner […]
Stanford Law Review president Michael Mestitz explains three Voting Rights Act cases before the Supreme Court this term in layman’s terms. Read the article here.
In this interview with AL.com (Alabama) Rev. Jesse Jackson voices his concerns about media coverage – or lack thereof, on the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision. Calling it a “game-changer,” Jackson says it is already leading to re-segregation.
Listen to the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in the consolidated cases; Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama. Democratic lawmakers in the Alabama legislature claim the Republican-led legislature packed Black voters into state legislative districts to dilute their voting power resulting in an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. The court heard oral arguments […]
NPR previews Ala. Legis. Black Caucus v. Alabama; a claim alleging that the Alabama state legislature’s 2010 legislative redistricting map is a racial gerrymander. Alabama says the Voting Rights Act made them create the map. Listen below. http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=363375057&m=363458938&t=audio