The Supreme Court ruled Monday that one congressional district in Texas was drawn in a way that influenced the number of Hispanic and African-American voters in that district, but that three other districts in the challenged map did not violate the law.
"Unfortunately, Brendan isn't alone", Nirider said.
As a practical matter, that probably means none of the partisan gerrymandering cases are likely to get back to SCOTUS before the term-after-next, which means the issue could well hang fire right up until the 2020 elections that will set the table for the next round of decennial redistricting. Dassey's petition to the Supreme Court for habeas corpus review was rejected Monday after he exhausted his Wisconsin state court appeals.
The case gained global attention due to the popularity of the Netflix documentary detailing the events, Making a Murderer. Twelve years later, Dassey's attorneys have continued to contest the validity of his confession, which they argued was the product of coercion by detectives.
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Despite the Supreme Court vacating the lower decision, James Esseks of the left-wing ACLU stressed that it "made no decision on the case's merits", and expressed confidence that the Washington Supreme Court would reaffirm "rule once again in favor of the same-sex couple". The Supreme Court upheld that decision. "We hope the family and friends of Ms. Halbach can find comfort in knowing this ordeal has finally come to a close", he said.
Netflix is working on a second season of Making a Murderer. Filmed over the course of 10 years, the series detailed the story of Avery, who served 18 years in prison wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beersten before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003. After his release, he filed a multi-million dollar civil suit over his conviction, but in 2005 as that lawsuit was pending he was arrested for and later convicted of Halbach's murder.
"Dassey spoke with the interrogators freely, after receiving and understanding Miranda warnings, and with his mother's consent", Judge David Hamilton wrote.
At the beginning of the interrogation, the state said in its brief, investigators thought of Dassey only as a witness to the crime. Last year, a district court in San Antonio agreed, finding in two separate rulings that the 2011 and 2013 maps intentionally discriminated by weakening the voting power of black and Latino voters.
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