Republican dirty tricks once again paid off in a pro-gerrymandering Supreme Court decision with Neil Gorsuch as the deciding vote. The court largely backed Texas Republican redistricting that a lower court had thrown out as racially discriminatory.
In a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that:
The Court today goes out of its way to permit the State of Texas to use maps that he three-judge District Court unanimously found were adopted for the purpose of preserving the racial discrimination that tainted its previous maps. […]
It means that, after years of litigation and undeniable proof of intentional discrimination, minority voters in Texas—despite constituting a majority of the population of the State—will continue to be underrepresented in the political process.