In a major win for Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis, a San Antonio federal court has ruled in her favor in a redistricting case that once threatened to dismantle her district.
The three-judge panel decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot’s claim that the 2011 GOP-drawn map that separated Davis’ district into five white-dominated districts was legal. Davis’ attorney Gerry Herbert said in a statement:
She stood tall and defended her constituents who were the victims of intentional discrimination and fought a very uphill battle against Greg Abbot and Rick Perry and state officials who were trying to dismantle an effective coalition of blacks and Latinos.
The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund’s Nina Perales is fighting the same battle against Abbot in regards to the redistricting, saying:
We need a ruling that points out the ways in which these plans were discriminatory so that Texas doesn’t go ahead and do the same thing in the next redistricting round.
Perales went on to say that they are in the process of asking the San Antonio federal court to make a “final judgment,” ordering Texas to be held accountable for certain sections of the Voting Rights Act that may have been violated, along with enacting oversight measures that will ensure this kind of redistricting never happens again.