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Dickson v. Rucho

Petition granted, judgment vacated and case remanded for further consideration in light of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama on April 20, 2015
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-839 N.C. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2014

Issue: (1) Whether an explicit policy of racial balancing and race-based line drawing can be justified under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by an incorrect view of the requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act; and (2) whether race-based districts are drawn as a safe harbor subject to strict scrutiny and required to use race no more than necessary to comply with the Voting Rights Act properly interpreted.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 16 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 17, 2015)
Feb 4 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 18, 2015.
Feb 17 2015Brief amici curiae of Election Law Professors filed.
Mar 18 2015Brief of respondents Robert Rucho, et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 31 2015Reply of petitioners Margaret Dickson, et al. filed.
Apr 1 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 17, 2015.
Apr 20 2015Petition GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, 575 U. S. ___ (2015).
May 4 2015The parties have stipulated under Rule 45 that the judgment issue in this case forthwith.
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