Justice Dept. saw Texas redistricting as illegal
This is big news. We now know that the Republicans picked up five House seats in 2004 with an illegal redistricting plan:
Justice Staff Saw Texas Districting As Illegal
Voting Rights Finding On Map Pushed by DeLay Was Overruled
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 2, 2005; Page A01
Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan. [...] [Emphasis added]
Redistricting plans have to be approved by the Justice Department. The leaked memo shows that the Justice Department's legal experts unanimously found that the plan was illegal, but that a senior political approved the plan anyway.
Hat tip to Ol' Tex.