Complaints about lines likely to fail
By LAUGHLIN McDONALD
Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The complete article may be available at-- http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0304/17equal.html
Regardless of what one thinks of the
House and Senate redistricting plans issued this week by a federal three-judge panel, the February decision by those judges
invalidating the previous districts could likely be reversed on appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that partisan gerrymandering might violate the Fourteenth Amendment, but only when a plan
"will consistently degrade a voter's or a group of voters' influence on the political process as a whole."
In practice, the "consistently degrade" standard has proved so difficult to meet that it has become dead-letter law. ...
Laughlin McDonald is Southeast regional director of the American Civil Liberties Union.