Lee v. City of Los Angeles

Residents challenge Los Angeles’ redistricting of Council District 10, claiming it was impermissibly race-based. Ninth Circuit: Dismissal affirmed. Residents had to show that redistricting decisions were motivated predominantly by race. And, says the court, it’s not enough that the official who drafted the initial proposal might have been so motived. Or that the L.A. Council president said that racial considerations were his “priority.” Residents still couldn’t show that those considerations predominated over the deliberations as a whole. Nor could the residents depose officials who were involved in the redistricting.

Tags: 2018, Election Law, Equal Protection, Fourteenth Amendment, Ninth Circuit

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