Federal judges deny request to put Texas back under federal supervision for redistricting

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After a years-long fight over Texas’ political maps, a panel of federal judges on Wednesday denied the requests of voters of color, civil rights groups and Democratic lawmakers to put Texas back under federal supervision of its redistricting.

The panel that has overseen the long-winding case against the state ruled that the drastic intervention was not warranted despite previously ruling that the state lawmakers discriminated against voters of color when they first drew up new maps in 2011.

“Although the Court’s findings of intentional racial discrimination in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment with regard to the 2011 plans are sufficient to trigger bail-in, and although the court has serious concerns about the state’s past conduct, the various requests for discretionary relief … are hereby denied,” the judges wrote in their order.

This is a developing story that will be updated.