Federal court challenge to Alabama’s 2011 congressional districts as racially gerrymandered based on 2020 Census data. Plaintiffs ask court to declare the current districts as unconstitutional and to draw new a congressional map if the Alabama legislature fails to do so in a timely manner. Defendant moved to dismiss the claim on mootness grounds, ripeness grounds, standing grounds and under a theory of sovereign immunity. The Court denied the motion to dismiss as moot.
Court consolidated the case with Milligan v. Merrill for the limited purpose of the preliminary injunction hearing and reserved judgement on further consolidation. The Court denied the Defendant’s motion to consolidate and motion to dismiss or join the Caster v. Merrill plaintiffs with the case. The Court granted the preliminary injunction on Jan. 24, 2022.
The Defendants applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for a motion to stay on Jan. 28, 2022. The Court granted the motion to stay on Feb. 7, 2022. Plaintiffs filed a motion for an emergency ruling on their renewed motion for a preliminary injunction on Feb. 8, 2022. The motion was denied on Feb. 25, 2022.