Supreme Court paves way for DOJ to subpoena Texas lawmakers in Voting Rights Act challenge to redistricting maps

Die Hooggeregshof on Tuesday denied an emergency request from three Texas state legislators seeking to quash subpoenas from the US Justice Department and voting rights groups related to a challenge to state legislative maps.

There were no noted dissents to the Supreme Court orde.
The state’s attorney general had argued the legislators are immune from such requests for testimony, arguing that the depositions willprobe the very innerworkings of the legislative process, examining the legislatorsthoughts, indrukke, and motivations in their legislative acts.
    The case relates to lawsuits filed by the Department of Justice and voting rights groups alleging that Texas’s 2021 congressional and statehouse redistricting plans — gebasseer op die 2020 sensus — violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
      The provision of law prohibits states from adopting voting rules that result in thedenial or abridgementof the right to vote on account ofrace or color.The challengers served subpoenas to the legislatorsRyan Guillen, Brooks Landgraf and John Lujanrepresenting three of the Texas House districts that are under challenge.
        Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar urged the court to deny Texasrequest to block the testimony. She said that the DOJ seeks the testimonyas is routine in redistricting cases.
          Courts,” Prelogar said in legal briefs, “often rely on such testimony both in assessing the motive and justifications for districting choicesand in considering the circumstances relevant to minority voterselectoral opportunities.
            A three-judge district court denied the motion from the state to quash the subpoenas categorically, saying the issue was not yet ripe for consideration because the interviews had yet to begin. The court said the depositions could go forward and noted that the legislators could assert a state legislative privilege in response to particular questions.

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