SCOTUS doesn’t care about gerrymandering. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
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“The Supreme Court ruled on its big partisan gerrymandering case — and the justices decided, essentially, to give the plaintiffs a do-over.
The justices unanimously agreed that the plaintiffs in Gill v. Whitford — 12 Wisconsin Democratic voters who sued to strike down the state legislature map, arguing it was gerrymandered against the party — failed to establish standing to bring their lawsuit. You can read the whole decision at this link.
The problem, the justices concluded, was that plaintiffs focused on proving the entire state map was gerrymandered against Democrats. Instead, they should have focused on proving whether their particular districts were gerrymandered.
But rather simply dismissing the case, as is the norm when the Court finds a lack of standing, seven of the nine justices ruled that it should be sent back for reargument before the district court — essentially, giving plaintiffs another shot at establishing standing, now that the Court has laid out more guidance on how to do so.
“This is not the usual case,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion. “It concerns an unsettled kind of claim this Court has not agreed upon, the contours and justiciability of which are unresolved.” So, he wrote, “we decline to direct dismissal.” (Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented from this part of the ruling, arguing that the case should simply be dismissed.)
For anti-gerrymandering activists, the ruling is a mixed bag. The Court declined to establish a sweeping new legal standard restricting partisan gerrymandering in statewide maps. Furthermore, even all of the Court’s liberals agreed that the plaintiffs had failed to establish standing with these arguments.”
Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian
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