Despite a surprising 5-4 Supreme Court of the United States decision against the state of Alabama in its redistricting case, the case is not over, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.
The Supreme Court of the United States upheld in a 5-4 decision by Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday a lower court's ruling that Alabama will have to redraw a second largely or majority-black congressional district.
Alabama currently has one majority-black congressional district held by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham).
The Supreme Court's decision sets up the prospect of the legislature convening for a special session later in the year to rewrite Alabama's Congressional district map.
In a statement to 1819 News, Marshall called the decision "disappointing."
"Although the majority's decision is disappointing, this case is not over," Marshall told 1819 News on Thursday. "The Court made clear that its ruling was based only on the preliminary injunction record compiled in just a few weeks before the January 2022 district court ruling. The State is still entitled to put on our full case at trial, and we are confident that the evidence will make clear that voters in Alabama, regardless of their race, have the same opportunity as any other members of the electorate to participate in the State’s political processes and elect representatives of their choice."
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