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ELECTION LAW The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12 agreed to hear the following cases: The justices noted probable jurisdiction in four cases, consolidated for two hours of oral arguments, in which Texas’ 2003 redistricting plan is to be reviewed. Though states usually draw redistricting maps every 10 years, based on census data, the Texas Legislature adopted a map redrawn in part by U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, R-Texas, based on 2003 data. Several minority groups challenged the plan as a violation of the one-person, one-vote principle, but a district court found the plan to be constitutionally sound. The minority groups raise the same issue before the Supreme Court, plus they ask if the plan results in impermissible minority-vote dilution. League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, No. 05-204, consolidated with Travis County v. Perry, No. 05-254, Jackson v. Perry, No. 05-276 and GI Forum of Texas v. Perry, No. 05-439. The justices granted certiorari to a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case. In this one, a group of employees at a Georgia flooring and carpeting company sued their employer under RICO for conspiring with a temporary-worker company to hire illegal aliens to depress wages and discourage workers’ compensation claims. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming the district court, ruled that the RICO case could go forward. The employer now argues that it wasn’t part of an “enterprise,” and that a RICO claim cannot be based on a company’s own affairs. Mohawk Industries Inc. v. Williams, No. 05-465.

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