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Alabama | Federal Trial | Congress

Caster v. Merrill

Last Updated Feb 22, 2022
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Original No. 2:21-cv-00751 (M.D. Ala.); Current No. 2:21-cv-01536 (N.D. Ala.); No. 21-1087 (U.S. Sup. Ct.)

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A federal court challenge to Alabama’s new congressional maps. Plaintiff allege the new congressional maps violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Plaintiff seek (1) a declaration the congressional map violates Section 2 of the VRA, (2) an injunction blocking the use of the congressional map, and (3) an ordering a new congressional map with two majority Black congressional districts.

The case was transferred to the Northern District of Alabama. The Defendant moved to consolidate or join this case with Singleton v. Merrill and Milligan v. Merrill. Those motions were denied. The Plaintiff’s moved for a preliminary injunction on Dec. 15, 2021. The Court granted the preliminary injunction on Jan. 24, 2022.

Defendant’s applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for a motion to stay on Jan. 28, 2022. The Supreme Court granted the motion on Feb. 7, 2022.

On Feb. 8, 2022 the Plaintiff’s in the Singleton filed a motion for an emergency ruling on their renewed motion for a preliminary injunction. The court asked the Caster Plaintiffs to respond. (Those filings are available on the Singleton v. Merrill page).

On Feb. 22, 2022 the Supreme Court consolidated the case with Milligan v. Merrill.

 

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