Voters and political party officials successfully defend Virginia congressional redistricting plan against Voting Rights Act challenge
Clients Thompson, Gary et al., (voters and political party officials)
Jones Day represented voters and political party officials in a case in which other voters claimed that Virginia's 2002 congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the legislature was required to shift African-Americans out of a majority African-American district, in order to raise the percentage of African-Americans in a neighboring district to approximately 40%. We successfully intervened and took the lead in defending the challenged plan. The district court granted the defendant-intervenors’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim and the court of appeals affirmed.
Hall v. Virginia, 385 F.3d 421 (4th Cir. 2004), aff'g 276 F. Supp. 2d 528 (E.D. Va. 2003)