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Why Do So Many Test Cases from Texas End Up at the Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court last week (Dec. 8 and 9, 2015) heard oral arguments in two cases that stem from Texas. One, Evenwel v. Abbott, deals with how legislative districts are drawn – and it could have a profound effect on future elections. The other, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, deals with affirmative […]

The U.S. Supreme Court last week (Dec. 8 and 9, 2015) heard oral arguments in two cases that stem from Texas. One, Evenwel v. Abbott, deals with how legislative districts are drawn – and it could have a profound effect on future elections. The other, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, deals with affirmative action at universities.

To help us understand the possible implications of these cases – and why so many test cases from Texas often end up before the nation’s highest court – Michael Hagerty spoke with Rocky Rhodes from South Texas College of Law, who started by summarizing the redistricting case.

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