Majority Leader Eric Cantor successfully defends Virginia Congressional redistricting plan against voters' constitutional claims
Clients Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Representatives Rob Wittman, Randy Forbes, Robert Hurt, Bob Goodlatte, and Frank Wolf
Jones Day filed an amicus brief before the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond on behalf of Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Representatives Rob Wittman, Randy Forbes, Robert Hurt, Bob Goodlatte, and Frank Wolf, in support of the defendants. In this case, the plaintiffs argued that even though the General Assembly enacted a Congressional redistricting plan in 2012, it was invalid because Article II, § 6 of the Virginia constitution required that the legislature enact a plan in 2011. In the amicus brief, Jones Day argued that 1) the plaintiffs' interpretation of the constitution is contrary to the text and purpose of Article II, § 6, 2) the plaintiffs' interpretation directly contravenes the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and 3) even if the General Assembly's redistricting plan violated Article II, § 6, the court should order the implementation of the General Assembly's plan as the remedy. In response to Jones Day's amicus brief, the court ordered the plaintiffs to submit a brief regarding these issues. Subsequently, the court granted the defendants summary judgment, agreeing with Jones Day that Virginia's constitution permits the General Assembly to enact a Congressional redistricting plan in 2012.
Little v. Virginia State Board of Elections, No. 11-5253 (Va. Cir. Ct.)