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Cooper v. Harris, 15-1262

In a case concerning North Carolina's redrawing of two congressional districts, District 1 and District 12, after the 2010 census, alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the District Court's judgment that both districts were unconstitutional is affirmed where: 1) North Carolina's victory in a similar state-court lawsuit does not dictate the disposition of this case or alter the applicable standard of review; 2) the District Court did not err in concluding that race furnished the predominant rationale for District 1's redesign and that the State's interest in complying with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) could not justify that consideration of race; and 3) the District Court also did not clearly err by finding that race predominated in the redrawing of District 12.

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  • Decided
  • Published 2017/05/22




  • United States Supreme Court


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