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Fed court says Texas may have discriminated against Hispanics

Fed court says Texas may have discriminated against Hispanics

POSTED: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:54am

UPDATED: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 4:32pm

The federal court in Washington says there are genuine issues of whether or not Texas Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanics in redrawing the state's political maps.

Texas is one of 16 states covered by the Voting Rights Act and must get federal approval for any changes to voting laws. The Texas attorney general asked the Washington court to approve the new maps drawn this year by the Legislature. But the Justice Department and Texas minority groups argue the maps were discriminatory and asked the court to hold a trial.

The court refused to approve the maps last month and set a trial date. The court released its analysis of the case late Thursday saying there is evidence of discrimination.

The court scheduled the trial for Jan. 17.

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We can see what 50 years of telling one group that they are special and entitled has done to them and the country; and now the court seems ready to repeat that tragedy with another group. There is no future in guaranteeing special treatment to this or that group; all it does is cause division and resentment: can you say BALKANS???

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