The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a major reversal. It finally happened and this will affect Americans for many generations to come. Some people are cheering, while others are enraged.
In a huge move, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in a close 5-4 decision, said that the court is unable to act on what’s known as ‘partisan gerrymandering’ by states when drawing legislative districts.
“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” wrote Roberts in a stunning blow to his liberal colleagues on the bench.
Roberts claimed that the Constitution simply doesn’t provide the path for federal courts to get involved in the legislative districting process, which is ultimately a major win for states’ rights.
In short, ‘partisan gerrymandering’ means that the party in control of a state legislature gets to draw the district lines by majority vote. This wasn’t always the case, but it’s a moot point now.
Unsurprisingly, Justice Elena Kagan dissented along with three other liberal justices. “The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government,” she wrote, dissenting with “deep sadness.”
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