Is Texas redistricting now in big trouble due to Republicans actually telling the truth for once?

Republicans in Texas actually admitted in their defense against Eric Holder that they did in fact discriminate but not by race but by partisanship. The Texas attorneys said this in a brief :

"DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats....The redistricting decisions of which DOJ complains were motivated by partisan rather than racial considerations, and the plaintiffs and DOJ have zero evidence to prove the contrary. It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates. "

The problem is that too isn't exactly legal if it can be proven it was done purely to disenfranchise Democratic voters. While they have upheld the law in the past when it was vaguely shown to be partisan, with the Texas Ag's blatant statement Texas may now be in for a surprise with this legal precedent:

" Davis v. Bandemer, 478 U.S. 109 (1986). However, the burden of proof is usually extremely high for those challenging the districts: they have to show that partisan considerations "were applied in an invidious manner or in a way unrelated to any legitimate legislative objective." Vieth v. Jubilerer, 541 U.S. 267, 307 (2004) (Kennedy, J., concurring). Basically, the challenger must prove that the legislature drew the lines with the primary purpose of partisan gain."

What do you think, did Texas Republicans tell the truth this time without knowing what the consequences would be"?

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    we didn't shoot the guy because we're racist, we shot him because we didn't like him...

    doh!

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.

    Democrats do the same. It is legal. And not racial.

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  • 7 years ago

    Rick Perry already used the SC decision voiding voter rights to overrule a court decision that said Texas redistricting was blatantly partisan and racist in nature.

    Source(s): Go Scalia!
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  • 7 years ago

    Big deal who cares about minority voters

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Looks like Texas Republicans have some 'splaining to do.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The only people who vote GOP are crooks, liars, and morons. This isn't new, they've pulled this for years.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No

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