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PERRY v. PEREZ

Docket No.: 11-713
Certiorari Granted: 11/28/11
Argued: March 21, 2012
Decided: 04/02/12
Consolidated with: 11-71411-715

Topics:

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Equal Protection Clause, Natural Resources, Voting Rights Act of 1965, preliminary injunction, racial discrimination

PartyNames: Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, et al., Appellants v. Shannon Perez, et al.
Petitioner: Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, et al., Appellants
Respondent: Shannon Perez, et al.

Court Below: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Citation: Unreported order, opinion

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, et al., Appellants
v.
Shannon Perez, et al.
Question Presented:

The Texas Legislature enacted new electoral maps for the Texas House, Texas Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives in light of population changes in the 2010 census. Texas is actively seeking judicial preclearance of those maps under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The question presented is whether, while preclearance remains pending, another district court may order the use of judicially drawn "interim" electoral maps that give no deference to the State's duly-enacted maps, are not premised on any actual or likely violation of law, and are based on nothing more than the court's own notion of sound public policy and "the collective public good."

Question:

Did the district court abuse its discretion under the Voting Rights Act when it redrew 36 electoral districts?

Note:

APPLICATIONS FOR STAY GRANTED, TREATED AS JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENTS AND PROBABLE JURISDICTION NOTED. EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE. ENLARGEMENT OF TIME FOR ORAL ARGUMENT GRANTED: 10 MINUTES FOR SOLICITOR GENERAL AS AMICUS CURIAE. JURISDICTION NOTED 12/9/2011

PERRY v. PEREZ
ORAL ARGUMENT

03/21/12

Listen to Oral Argument in PERRY v. PEREZ
Holding: vacated and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Perry, 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Per Curiam
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