From Gerrymandering to Gay Rights, Supreme Court Faces 'Blockbuster' Term

Pennsylvania's oddly shaped 7th District is often cited as an extreme example of gerrymandering

Pennsylvania's oddly shaped 7th District is often cited as an extreme example of gerrymandering

And, most importantly, has Justice Anthony Kennedy finally settled on a test to determine when political gerrymanders cross a constitutional line?

Meanwhile, as legislators ask the court to get this case right and not rush, those seeking change say voters can't wait for another election to pass them by. In 2008, police responded to a noise complaint at a house party in D.C. The people at the party were told by a woman named "Peaches" that they were allowed to be there, but the actual owner of the house said they were not, and the partygoers were arrested.

The case is of considerable importance to employers and their workers because it involves how employees can complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

In the lawsuit, the attorneys argue that the Republican Party used sophisticated data analysis software to gerrymander the state's congressional districts more dramatically than ever before, said Daniel Jacobson, an attorney with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

The brutal gangrape incident had happened on the night of July 29 a year ago when a group of highway robbers stopped the auto of a Noida-based family and sexually assaulted a woman and her daughter after dragging them out of the vehicle at gun- point.

But even if the court gets beyond all that, there's a bigger question - does gerrymandering even work? A 2018 referendum has delayed the Missouri law, for now.

The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments Tuesday for Wisconsin's partisan gerrymandering case. The GOP holds now holds 64 of the 99 seats, even though more than half of the state's voters are Democrats.

In Wisconsin, a lower court sifted through evidence showing that Republicans packed Democrats into some districts and spread them out across others to maximize gains for the GOP.

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch said a court-approved formula for identifying unconstitutional gerrymandering would be hard to achieve, comparing various standards proposed to spices on a steak dinner. As usual, Justice Clarence Thomas said nothing at all.

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"What incentive is there for a voter to exercise his vote?" Democrats tend to live clustered in cities, while Republicans sprawl across more heterogenous districts. What becomes of the precious right to vote?

Murphy replied there will always be voters in districts "where they know what the result is going to be". The Wisconsin gerrymander has been described as "the largest partisan asymmetry on record". "It has to do with the geography of politics", where Democrats are overly concentrated in cities and some suburbs.

It seems to me you're making distinctions without a difference. "How ― how does that help our system of government?"

The suit filed Monday cites the Elections Clause in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, which grants state legislatures the authority to set the rules for electing members of Congress. "The Senate too, depending on how they draw the lines".

Chief Justice John Roberts sounded concerned about a ruling for the workers, which he said "would invalidate contracts for 25 million employees".

The other judges are divided equally among the Republicans and Democrats. Justice Kennedy, in the prior cases, indicated that the courts may step in only if there is a judicially manageable standard.

"The intelligent man on the street is going to say that's a bunch of baloney".

During the course of this discussion, the bench also disapproved and expressed anguish over a statement made by a senior advocate and former Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave that several judges were pro- government. Letting the map stand could, as the plaintiff's lawyer warned, give states "a free pass" to create maps that, in effect, "nullify democracy". Smith replied the cases are being brought in state after state on those grounds now, anyway.

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