Cases & Deals

NY state legislative redistricting plan is defended against voter claims of 14th Amendment and Voting Rights Act violations

Clients Bruno, Joseph L, Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore of New York State Senate

Jones Day lawyers successfully defended a state legislative redistricting plan against challenge by voters claiming that New York's 2002 state senate redistricting plan violated the Fourteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act. Jones Day represented the lead defendant throughout the proceedings before a three-judge federal district court and the U.S. Supreme Court. The district court granted summary judgment for the defendants on the one-person, one-vote claim and on several Voting Rights Act claims. After trial, the court entered judgment for defendants on all of the remaining counts, which included additional Voting Rights Act claims and a racial gerrymandering claim brought under the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs' appeal to the Supreme Court is pending.

Rodriguez v. Pataki, 308 F. Supp. 2d 346 (S.D.N.Y. 2004) (Three-Judge Court), aff'd mem., 543 U.S. 997 (2004)

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