Supreme Court to decide Virginia redistricting case

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear arguments over whether Virginia's Republican-led legislature unlawfully considered race when drawing congressional districts by packing black voters into one Democratic-held district, diluting their clout elsewhere.

The nine justices will hear an appeal by current and former Republican members of the U.S. Congress challenging a June 2015 lower court ruling that threw out the majority-black district, which is held by Democratic Representative Bobby Scott, who is black. The court will also decide whether the members of Congress have standing to pursue the challenge.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)