State Republican Rep. David Lewis said that he drew 10 districts because he did not "believe it's possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats".
Although a lower court had invalidated the maps, the Supreme Court had stayed that order, and they will likely be used in the next election. The lower court then later ruled that Texas in doing so was continuing to act with the intent of racial discrimination - a finding that threatened to put the state back under the so-called pre-clearance regime that the Supreme Court gutted in 2013 in Shelby County v. Holder.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas' legislative and congressional maps are not a racial gerrymander and that all districts are OK, except for one, which it determined is a racial gerrymander - House District 90.
"It's wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will", she said.
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The result takes Brazil to the top of Group E with four points, while Costa Rica have none and therefore exit the competition. They will face Serbia in their final match of the group next Wednesday.
The same court found similar faults with Texas state House of Representatives maps. SCOTUS sent that case back to lower courts on grounds that they should have insisted on a showing of harm to plaintiffs in each affected district instead of allowing a challenge to an entire map.
The justices dismissed separate lawsuits from Democratic Wisconsin voters and Republican Maryland voters, who challenged the congressional maps drawn by their legislatures; Doug McKelway reports from Washington. "We view this decision as encouraging news that justice will prevail and the Washington State Supreme Court will again uphold the state's non-discrimination laws ensuring LGBTQ people can not be turned away from a business open to the public". While the courts have ruled that it is a cruel and unusual punishment to sentence juveniles to life without parole, Dassey will still spend a majority of his life behind bars. In light of that ruling, the court handled North Carolina's case the same way.
The challengers argued that Congressional District 27 and 35 were left in the "exact same configuration" as the 2011 maps that were ultimately struck down by a lower court in 2017.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent, joined by the three other justices in the liberal wing of the court, that said the decision "selectively parses through the facts" and comes at a serious cost to democracy.
"Those voters must return to the polls in 2018 and 2020 with the knowledge that their ability to exercise meaningfully their right to vote has been burdened by the manipulation of district lines specifically created to target their communities and minimize their political will", Sotomayor wrote.