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Federal Court Can Hear Voting Case Despite 30-Year-Old Decree

Sept. 20, 2021, 3:19 PM

The federal court that accepted a 30-year-old consent decree that created a majority-black voting district to elect a justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court isn’t the only court with jurisdiction over a new suit seeking another majority-black district for the state elections, the Fifth Circuit said.

The state argued that only the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana could hear the current Voting Rights Act suit. By retaining jurisdiction over the decree, that court is the only federal court that can hear disputes over how any state supreme court district is drawn, it said.

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