Court limits federal power in vote issues

January 25, 2000

Bossier Parish case studied

By Bill Walsh

The Times-Picayune, January 25, 2000

The U.S. Supreme Court used an 8-year-old Bossier Parish case Monday to block the Justice Department from erasing local voting district lines, even those devised with a discriminatory purpose, unless they actually cause ethnic minorities to lose representation.

In a 5-4 decision

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Supreme Court limits racial gerrymandering by DOJ

January 24, 2000

Washington, D.C. – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today sharply limited the ability of the Department of Justice to racially gerrymander local voting districts. In the case of Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, Justice Scalia declared that the DOJ may no longer use the pre-clearance provision of

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Reno v. Bossier Parish Fact Sheet

January 15, 2000

Supreme Court decides voting rights case

On January 24, 2000, the Supreme Court agreed with CIR that the Department of Justice may not deny pre-clearance to local redistricting plans that maintain minority voting strength, even if they do not maximize such voting strength according to a hypothetical ideal. This case is considered

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