Texas Redistricting

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A key US Supreme Court justice questioned the effects on Hispanics of redrawing Texas congressional districts. But the full court showed little inclination to throw out the entire map promoted by former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The Texas map was redrawn in 2003 to help Republicans win six more seats -- a move criticized by Democrats as a raw grab for power.

Justice Anthony Kennedy yesterday said during court arguments that the remap may have harmed the rights of Hispanics. But others on the court were skeptical that redistricting could be separated from politics.

Justices also didn't seem ready to bar states from drawing their boundaries more than once a decade.

The court took up four appeals that raised complicated questions about voter rights both under the Constitution and federal election law. A ruling is expected by July.