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Easley v. Cromartie

United States Supreme Court
532 U.S. 234 (2001)


Facts

Cromartie (plaintiff) and other North Carolina citizens challenged the North Carolina legislature’s drawing of the 1997 boundaries of District 12, claiming that the redrawing constituted unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. Cromartie brought suit in federal district court against Easley (defendant), a North Carolina state official, alleging that race was the sole consideration of the North Carolina legislature in drawing District 12’s boundaries. The district court found for Cromartie and held that the North Carolina legislature acted impermissibly in drawing District 12 based solely on race. The court of appeals affirmed, and Easley appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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