• What Is Gerrymandering? Supreme Court Decision Favors Democrats

    4 monthes ago - By Fortune

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case, tossing out a case that gives the state's Democrats a long-sought-after victory.
    Gerrymandering occurs when voting districts are redrawn to benefit one party over another in elections , forcing the other side to "waste" votes. For example, someone drawing district lines might bunch opposition party voters together in one district in order to concentrate their votes so that they influence only a few seats.
    The high court said in a 22-page opinion the G.O.P.-controlled house...
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  • What the Supreme Court's Double Jeopardy Decision Means for Trump

    4 monthes ago - By Fortune

    The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that a state and the federal government can press separate prosecutions over the same conduct, ruling in a case that might have extended the impact of President Donald Trump's pardon power.
    The justices, voting 7-2, left intact the "separate sovereigns" doctrine, a decades-old rule that limits the scope of the constitutional ban on double jeopardy. Elimination of the separate-sovereigns rule would have meant that a presidential pardon might block some state charges as well.
    The case was being watched for any possible impact on Paul Manafort, Trump's former...
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  • The Supreme Court just rebuked Virginia Republicans, ruling they cannot defend a racially gerrymandered district map in court

    The Supreme Court just rebuked Virginia Republicans, ruling they cannot defend a racially gerrymandered district map in court

    4 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court ruling striking down Virginia's 2011 House of Delegates map as racially gerrymandered.
    The justices, in a 5-4 decision, sidestepped a ruling on the merits of the case, found that the Republican-led state House of Delegates lacked the necessary legal standing to appeal the ruling.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion, with Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch concurring.
    The Supreme Court's action let stand a 2018 ruling by a federal three-judge panel that the 11...
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