Just a brief note from this week’s docket regarding Perez et al. v. Perry (the ongoing litigation over the 2011 and 2013 redistricting plans in Texas), a pretrial conference has been scheduled for tomorrow morning (July 2, 2014) at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Orlando Garcia’s courtroom (Federal District Court, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, Courtroom 1). The last pleadings I saw were a response from LULAC disputing the State’s argument that the redistricting dispute is mooted by the adoption of the 2013 court-ordered maps for the 2014 election. LULAC and other plaintiffs have argued that Texas would likely revert to the 2011 maps for the 2016 election cycle at the first chance to do so, but for the ongoing litigation.
As it turns out (and not surprisingly) the court mostly rejected the mootness argument on June 17th.
As things currently stand, the first part of the bifurcated trial is still scheduled to begin on July 14, 2014. I owe much thanks to the online redistricting litigation repository being maintained by the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University (especially the repository for Perez et al., v. Perry).