The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider arguments that a Republican-engineered congressional redistricting in Texas illegally diluted minority voting rights and was so partisan it violated the Constitution.Even DeLay can't survive such a political shitstorm-- the only thing that could kill his career quicker is a dead girl/live boy in his closet.
The justices today said they will review a three-judge panel ruling that allowed the redistricting, which was orchestrated by former U.S. House Republican Leader Tom DeLay and helped Republicans pick up five House seats in Texas in the 2004 election.
``Simply redistributing power from disfavored to favored political parties is not legitimate,'' argued an appeal by a group of voters from 17 congressional districts.
The justices will hear arguments in Washington in four appeals by Democrats, Hispanic groups and other opponents of the new map. The appeals also say the redistricting relied on outdated census data and was done purely for partisan purposes.
The redistricting, which broke up some of the state's Democratic strongholds, was challenged in part because it took place in the middle of the decade, rather than in response to the 10-year census. The map replaced one that had been drawn by a federal court after a legislative deadlock.
That's an awfully long way to tumble. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.