Monday :: Dec 12, 2005

Supreme Court To Hear DeLay Redistricting Case Again


by Steve

The Supreme Court will get another chance to be an outlet of the Republican Party when it decided today to hear the appeal of various groups challenging Tom DeLay’s redrawing of Texas congressional districts. The appeal is the second one to reach the high court stemming from DeLay’s efforts to redraw the Texas districts, which produced a half-dozen more GOP congressional seats in the 435-member House of Representatives, and is credited by some as the reason why the House is out of reach for Democrats this year.

The previous appeal, which took place when Sandra Day O’Connor was on the court, resulted in an order from the SCOTUS to return the case to the lower court for another hearing. It was at this subsequent hearing where an opinion from career staff in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department was withheld from the court by the Justice Department. This opinion found that the DeLay effort was in violation of the Civil Rights Act, but the opinion was overruled by Bush Administration political appointees who approved DeLay’s efforts and gave Texas a federal approval of the redistricting.

Since it was revealed that the Bush political appointees at both the Ashcroft and Abu Gonzales Justice Departments were ignoring the written opinions of the career staff at the Civil Rights Division, which concluded that DeLay’s efforts violated the 1965 Civil Rights Act, and instead issued an stamp of approval to DeLay, Gonzales has now ordered the staff to no longer issue such opinions. Gonzales says with a straight face that Justice will no longer politicize decisions within the Department, which in fact is what Gonzales and his hacks are doing when they eliminate dissent from staff more qualified to issue opinions than him. But now that the SCOTUS has decided to hear the case for its final decision, there are several questions that need to be answered.

First, as I said we now know that the dissenting written opinion from the career staff in the Civil Rights Division was withheld from the appeals court by the Justice Department. Will this opinion be considered now by the Supreme Court, and if not, why not?

Second, given the fact that Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, and Tom DeLay have crossed paths many times over the last decade or so, why should the Supreme Court accept anything at all from the political appointees of the Gonzales Justice Department on this case?

Last, how will the SCOTUS look upon an effort that may have been funded by illegal means that have since landed DeLay an indictment?

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