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Justice staffers critical of DeLay redistricting plan
WASHINGTON Justice Department lawyers objected to a Texas redistricting plan orchestrated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
However, top department officials approved the plan anyway and brushed aside concerns about diluting minority voting strength.
All that's according to an agency memo released today.
The plan was designed to boost Texas Republicans' chances of winning U-S House seats. Approved by the Justice Department, the new district lines were used in the 2002 elections to take boost the G-O-P share of the 32 House seats from Texas from 15 to 22.
The plan was approved by the Republican-controlled state Legislature in special sessions after Democratic lawmakers fled the state capital in a bid to block votes on the new boundaries.
The redistricting plan has been challenged in court by Democrats and minority voting groups, claiming it's unconstitutional. The U-S Supreme Court is expected to announce soon whether it'll consider the case.
Contents of the memo were first reported in today's editions of The Washington Post.
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