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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Vieth v. Jubelirer
Citation:541 U.S. 267, 124 S.Ct. 1769, 158 L.Ed.2d 546 (2004).
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After the 2000 census reduced the size of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation by two members, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a redistricting plan that essentially guaranteed itself a majority of the Congressional seats for the rest of the decade, even if it did not win a majority of the votes. Several members of the Democratic party sued in federal court, arguing that the “meandering and irregular” districts created by the plan “ignored all traditional redistricting criteria, including the preservation of local government boundaries, solely for the sake of partisan advantage,” thereby violating the Equal Protection Clause.
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