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From: Charles Bierbauer/CNN Sr. Washington Correspondent
In: Washington, D.C.
Posted 6-19-97

Subject: High Court hands setback to minorities in Georgia's redistricting case

The Supreme Court upheld the state of Georgia's current redistricting plan, which reduced the number of majority black districts from three to one.

In a decision handed down Thursday, the court by a 5 to 4 margin ruled that the revision of the lines of Georgia's congressional districts, which was required by an earlier ruling, may stand.

The majority opinion said the "task of redistricting is best left to state legislatures" but the process had been "first distorted" and then left with a legislature "unable to reach a solution."

The Supreme Court ruled that subsequent redistricting by a District Court had been done carefully and "remained sensitive to the constitutional requirement of equal protection of the law."

The Supreme Court handed down four other decisions Thursday on issues of narrower interest.

Next decision day is Monday, June 23.





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