Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Supreme Court throws out North Carolina redistricting ruling
The high court, with no recorded dissents, sent back the case to a three-judge federal district court panel, which had ruled in November that the state should draw new districts and hold a special election. The Supreme Court in January put that ruling on hold while it decided whether to hear the state’s appeal.
The Supreme Court separately left in place an earlier ruling by the same court from last August that said the districts were racial “gerrymanders,” with boundaries drawn to diminish the voting power of minorities, and violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.