DURHAM, N.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to remand a racial gerrymandering case back to the N.C. Supreme Court per last week’s Cooper v. Harris decision.
Dickson v. Rucho is one of two racial gerrymandering cases that were left pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices last week decided Cooper v. Harris, affirming a lower court ruling finding North Carolina’s GOP drew unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered Congressional districts.
Democracy North Carolina praised the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, calling on the state Supreme Court to provide “the fair and legal Congressional and legislative districts” North Carolinians deserve.
“As plaintiffs in Dickson v. Rucho, we applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to vacate the N.C. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling and remand the case back to the lower court for reconsideration — all in light of the recent finding in Cooper v. Harris that our state’s Congressional maps were illegal racial gerrymanders,” said Isela Gutiérrez, Democracy North Carolina’s Associate Research Director.
“This is the second time the nation’s highest court has smacked down the N.C. Supreme Court and directed it to reconsider this redistricting ruling. This time around we are confident that we will prevail and that North Carolinians will finally get the fair and legal Congressional and legislative districts they deserve,” Gutiérrez added.
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