In less than a week, U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear a Texas redistricting case that has actually been drifting through the federal court system for practically a year. On Tuesday, complainants’ lawyers will make their case that the Texas Legislature purposefully victimized minority citizens when it created the state’s House and congressional ballot maps by separating areas of minority ballot districts and organizing them into Republican-led districts. At an unique redistricting online forum hosted by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, those associated with the redistricting difficulty discussed a variety of subjects, consisting of possible court results. Lawyer Jose Garza described for the audience the variety of situations that might occur once the Supreme Court makes its choice.
” The easiest one that might result in real fast action is that the court rejected to hear the case based upon jurisdiction, which is among the problems it has actually kept. Where case we are then back at the district court,” Garza stated. Garza stated that would require the federal district court in San Antonio to start trying to find a way to revamp the maps, but more than most likely not before the 2018 midterm elections in November. ” I mean, the most likely situation is that we are going to have election in 2018 under the existing strategies,” Garza stated. Garza stated the court might also reverse the district court’s choice that the maps were drawn with deliberate discrimination and need that case be reheard or it might just overrule their obstacle.
Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments for the case Tuesday, and legal specialists anticipate the court will return with a judgment at some point in June.