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Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

Docket No.: 14-232
Argued: December 8, 2015

Topics:

14th Amendment, 4th Amendment, Civil Procedure, Eleventh Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, Fifteenth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Miranda, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Speech or Debate Clause, Supremacy Clause, Voting Rights Act of 1965, disparate impact, judicial review, preliminary injunction, racial discrimination

PartyNames: Wesley W. Harris, et al., Appellants v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.
Petitioner: Wesley W. Harris, et al., Appellants
Respondent: Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.

Court Below: United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Citation: 993 F.Supp.2d 1042
Supreme Court Docket

Wesley W. Harris, et al., Appellants
v.
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.
Consideration Limited:

QUESTIONS 1 AND 2 PRESENTED BY THE STATEMENT AS TO JURISDICTION.

Question Presented:

1. Does the desire to gain partisan advantage for one political party justify intentionally creating over-populated legislative districts that result in tens of thousands of individual voters being denied Equal Protection because their individual votes are devalued, violating the one-person, one-vote principle? 2. Does the desire to obtain favorable preclearance review by the Justice Department permit the creation of legislative districts that deviate from the one-person, one-vote principle? And, even if creating unequal districts to obtain preclearance approval was once justified, is this still a legitimate justification after Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S.Ct. 2612 (2013)? 3. Was the Arizona redistricting commission correct to disregard the majority--minority rule and rely on race and political party affiliation to create Hispanic "influence" districts?

Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 8, 2015

Listen to Oral Argument in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
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