The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires that minority opportunity districts be drawn so that they have at least 50 percent minority voting-age population.
But when Republicans drew the new Alabama electoral map, they sliced up the districts to marginalize voters of color, which is essentially an effort to ensure there won't be any districts represented by Democrats.
The map was taken to court and it was announced Monday that the GOP had lost the case.
The court said that currently, just one in seven districts are minority specific in a state with 27 percent of the population being Black. It is likely headed to the Supreme Court for an appeal.
"Both sets of plaintiffs also suggest, and we agree, that as a practical reality, the evidence of racially polarized voting adduced during the preliminary injunction proceedings suggests that any remedial plan will need to include two districts in which Black voters either compromise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it," the court wrote.
"Defendants express some doubt as to whether the state will be able to 'draw a map that can garner sufficient support in two legislative chambers and secure the governor's signature' given the time exigencies, but they assert that 'the court should not deprive Alabama's Legislature of that prerogative,'" the decision continues.
The court also concluded that the legislature has ample time to make a new map and added that "we are confident that the Legislature can accomplish its task."
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Wow. Federal court strikes down AL GOP congressional map, orders a second Black opportunity district to be drawn (currently just 1/7 in a 27% Black state). Huge win for plaintiffs/Dems, though this is certainly headed for an appeal to SCOTUS. https://brennancenterny-my.sharepoint.com/personal/lim_brennan_law_nyu_edu/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?id=%2Fpersonal%2Flim%5Fbrennan%5Flaw%5Fnyu%5Fedu%2FDocuments%2Falabama%20PI%2Epdf&parent=%2Fpersonal%2Flim%5Fbrennan%5Flaw%5Fnyu%5Fedu%2FDocuments\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/HxQTvqeJwF— Dave Wasserman (@Dave Wasserman) 1643075857
'Nothing personal, pal': Peter Doocy says Biden called to clear the air with him after calling him a 'stupid SOB'
President Joe Biden on Monday called Fox News' Peter Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch" after he asked the president whether he believed inflation would be a political liability for him.
Doocy then revealed to host Sean Hannity that Biden actually called him up to apologize for profanely chewing him out.
"He said, 'It's nothing personal, pal,'" Doocy said. "And we went back and forth and we talked about, just kind of, moving forward. And I made sure to tell him that I'm always going to try to ask something different from what everybody else is asking. And he said, 'You've got to!'"
The controversy started on Monday afternoon when Doocy asked Biden if he believed inflation would hurt him in the upcoming midterm elections.
Biden sarcastically replied, "That's a great asset, more inflation," and then added, "what a stupid son of a b*tch."
Doocy so far has taken the spat in stride, however, and earlier on Monday laughed about it with other Fox News employees.
Watch the video below.
Attorney John Eastman has worked to try to block his former employer from handing over approximately 19,000 emails that are being requested by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S.
CNN justice reporter Katelyn Polantz reported from the case that it was established Eastman worked for former President Donald Trump without getting permission from his existing employer, Chapman University. According to his attorney, Eastman worked for Trump during many relevant moments, without asking permission.
Judge David Carter, who is presiding over the case, asked for specifics about what kind of work Eastman was doing for Trump. He admitted to briefing hundreds of state legislators, and also said that he was at the Willard with Trump strategists on Jan. 6 and that he met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 3, 2021.
It was ten days later that Eastman resigned from the University.
During the case, CNN reporter Ana Cabrara tweeted that Chapman University decided that they would not help Eastman in his attempt to block his university emails from January 6 committee.
Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff revealed that at one point, the House counsel, Doug Letter, revealed that Eastman authored the memo on how Pence could stop the certification of the 2020 election. Eastman then invoked his Fifth Amendment rights 146 times.
Judge David Carter nails down if he was doing work on behalf of client, when Eastman:\n-briefed hundreds of state leg\n-was at the Willard\n-met w Trump & Pence Jan 3\n\nYes. The client was Trump, Eastman's lawyer answered.— Katelyn Polantz (@Katelyn Polantz) 1643072167
NEW: Chapman University refusing to help former employee John Eastman try to block his university emails from January 6 committee— Ana Cabrera (@Ana Cabrera) 1643070397
At hearing on John Eastman's efforts to block 1/6 committee from getting his emails, Doug Letter, House counsel, reveals that Eastman, law prof who authored memo on how Pence could block certification of Electoral College vote, invoked 5th Amendment 146 times.— Michael Isikoff (@Michael Isikoff) 1643064782