Monday, May 22, 2017

I have no opinion yet on today's 5-3 decision on North Carolina redistricting, Cooper v Harris.

But it's always a good time to keep in mind Cooper v Aaron. That was a case fromm the 1950s, or was it 1960? (1958, same year as Alabama v NAACP) that held, so much for "all deliberate speed"; the southern states needed ot get witt the program and implement the desegregation ordered by Brown v Board. It was an assertion of power by the judical branch over the legislative and executive, and an assertion of federal power over the states. During the Trump admistration whether 4 years, or less, or 8 years, these tensions will be at issue.


North Carolina's 12th district was the subject of Shaw v. Reno509 U.S. 630 (1993), Hunt v. Cromartie526U.S. 541 (1999), and Easley v. Cromartie532 U.S. 234 (2001).
I remember Shaw v Reno, but I have not kept track of the more recent cases; redistricting  and gerrymandering just isn't an issue I follow closely.

Today's decision was a win for Rev. Barber, the charismatic and confrontational leader of the N Car. NAACP who I have worked with slightly in his Moral Mondays program. The attemp to get an Indiana chapter going seems to have fizzled, or maybe I've just fallen out of touch.

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