Allen v. Milligan
Chief Justice Roberts negotiated a deal with Justice Kavanaugh to rule against Alabama’s first congressional map according to reporting from CNN.
Alabama filed an emergency appeal (filing here) with the Supreme Court on September 11 after a district court enjoined the state from using its newly enacted congressional map after a one-day hearing. The National Republican Redistricting Trust already filed an amicus brief in support of Alabama. Justice Thomas requested responses by September 19. The Supreme Court’s docket for the new appeal is here.
The Census Bureau released its demographic and housing characteristics data for the 118th Congress.
Following a one-day hearing and subsequent briefing a federal district court once again tossed Alabama’s congressional map and ordered a court-appointed expert to redraw it to create a second majority-black district or something close to it. After the court refused to stay its decision Alabama filed an application for an emergency stay with the Supreme Court.
Plaintiffs and the state reached an agreement to narrow the scope of the pending state and federal litigation to whether a district stretching from west of Tallahassee to Jacksonville violated the 14th Amendment and is allowed by the Florida Constitution. A circuit court judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs, but an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court is underway. A federal trial will begin in less than two weeks.
An investigative panel cleared the Princeton Gerrymandering Project of accusations it manipulated its data.
A federal judge ordered the state’s redistricting commission to redraw the legislative map finding the map violated the Voting Rights Act. The state is not rushing to redraw and an appeal has been filed.
New filings are available for dozens of active cases.