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How a Supreme Court Ruling Against North Carolina Might Affect How Political Districts in Texas Are Drawn

Posted on · Gerrymandering is the process by which congressional districts are drawn in a way that heavily favors one party over the other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina had violated the Constitution by doing this very thing — drawing district lines according to race. After similar rulings in Alabama and Virginia, could Texas […]

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Could the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impact Death Penalty Cases in Texas?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court this week (April 3, 2017) agreed to hear yet another Texas death penalty case. This one involves a Honduran national convicted of murder during a home invasion here in Houston. That announcement comes just a week (March 28, 2017) after the High Court rejected the state's standard for mental disability in […]