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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060217/ap_on_go_pr_wh/scotus_texas_redistricting;_ylt=ApkWYYrfaCwNpOeGXsrt3emyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA-- White
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 17, 2006
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      White House Aims to Protect New Texas Map

      Fri Feb 17, 3:14 PM ET

      WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday granted the
      Bush administration's request to join Texas in
      defending a Republican-friendly congressional map
      engineered by Rep. Tom DeLay.

      The administration will share time with Texas lawyers
      on March 1, when the court holds a special afternoon
      session to consider four appeals that stem from the
      bitter dispute over Texas congressional district

      Justices are considering whether the
      Republican-controlled Legislature acted purely for
      partisan gain in 2003 when it threw out district
      boundaries that had been used in the 2002 elections,
      and whether the new map violated a federal voting
      rights law.

      The Justice Department approved the plan although
      staff lawyers concluded that it diluted minority
      voting rights. The Bush administration asked the high
      court last week for permission to participate in the
      case, supporting Texas.

      The redistricting helped Republicans win 21 of Texas'
      32 seats in Congress in the last election, up from 15.

      The congressional districts were redrawn after
      Republicans took control of the state House in 2002.
      DeLay, R-Texas, has been indicted on money laundering
      charges stemming from his efforts to aid Republicans
      in state legislative elections that year.

      DeLay stepped down as U.S. House majority leader
      because of the charges but denies any wrongdoing.

      The cases are League of United Latin American Citizens
      v. Perry, 05-204; Travis County v. Perry, 05-254;
      Jackson v. Perry, 05-276; GI Forum of Texas v. Perry,


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      Supreme Court: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
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