Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox issued the following press release yesterday after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the GOP redistricting appeal:
United States Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in House of Delegates redistricting case
“The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear Speaker Kirk Coxâ€™s appeal from the Eastern District of Virginia in the ongoing litigation over 11 challenged House of Delegates districts. The case, now titled Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune Hill was heard at the Supreme Courtâ€™s November 9th docket and set for briefing and oral arguments in the Spring of 2019. Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox released the following statement.
â€œSince June we have maintained the constitutionality of the current House of Delegates districts and continue to pursue justice in this important case. This redistricting plan passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, including the support of most African American members in the House and Governor Ralph Northam, and was approved by President Obamaâ€™s Department of Justice after dozens of public hearings and committee meetings.
â€œThe Eastern District of Virginia has once upheld the plan and once overturned it, the second time committing clear legal errors that the Supreme Court will now review. As we said in our filing, it is â€˜implausible that every House fact witness was dishonest, that every House expert used bad methodology, that race predominated in every Challenged District, and that no Challenged District needed to be above 55% BVAP under VRA Â§5â€”and, at the same time, that every fact witness for Plaintiffs was honest and accurate, every expert witness for Plaintiffs used reliable methodology, and every factual inference was in their favor.â€™
â€œThe case also gives the Supreme Court the opportunity to provide clear guidance and address the chaos that has resulted from a bevy of redistricting laws and court cases in this difficult and confusing area of law.
â€œWe are reviewing our options regarding a stay of the Eastern Districtâ€™s decision. We will take the next few days to consider that and make an announcement at the appropriate time.â€