The Supreme Court shadow docket: Alabama redistricting case renews fight among justices

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The Supreme Court on Feb. 7, 2022.

WASHINGTON – A Supreme Court ruling Monday allowing Alabama’s controversial congressional map to stand exposed continued divisions among the justices over the practice of deciding major cases in a hurry on the high court’s so-called shadow docket.

The nation’s highest court allowed Alabama’s redistricting plan to stand – for now – over objections from plaintiffs who asserted that state lawmakers violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act when they drew only one majority Black congressional district out of seven.

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