Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act
The memo, unanimously endorsed by six lawyers and two analysts in the department's voting section, said the redistricting plan illegally diluted black and Hispanic voting power in two congressional districts. It also said the plan eliminated several other districts in which minorities had a substantial, though not necessarily decisive, influence in elections.
The memo also found that Republican lawmakers and state officials who helped craft the proposal were aware it posed a high risk of being ruled discriminatory compared with other options.
Just more Republican corruption, this time corrupting the vote itself. It should be no surprise that Tom DeLay is at the center of this. In the end the view of the professional employees of the Justice Department were ignored. The final decision rested at the level above the experts, with the political appointees of the Bush Administration.
Their final decision should be a surprise to no one.
The Texas case provides another example of conflict between political appointees and many of the division's career employees.
Mark Posner, a longtime Justice Department lawyer who now teaches law at American University, said it was "highly unusual" for political appointees to overrule a unanimous finding such as the one in the Texas case.
"In this kind of situation, where everybody agrees at least on the staff level . . . that is a very, very strong case," Posner said. "The fact that everybody agreed that there were reductions in minority voting strength, and that they were significant, raises a lot of questions as to why it was" approved, he said.
The more information that becomes public about the Republicans leaders in DC, the more disgusted the American public become. It is clear that their singular goal has been looting the nation as quickly as possible.
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