Baker Vs. Carr

Baker Vs. Carr

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  • I live in a city with 5,000 people but we only have 1 representative
  • I live in a city with 500 people but only have 1 representative
  • Well shit that doesn't sound right
  • Tennessee hasn't focused on the aportionment of district lines in decades
  • Can the courts do anything about it?
  • It is a political matter and courts usually don't get involved
  • We'll see.
  • well that didn't work, i guess we'll have to go the supreme court.
  • The courts should be able to decide this issue. The text of Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution is clear: “judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution.”
  • WE rule in favor of Baker 6-2, lower court’s decision that courts could not hear this case was incorrect. We instructed the District Court to allow a hearing on the merits of Baker’s claim that the state’s legislative districts violated his 14th Amendment rights.
  • .... was later nothing found in the constitution that instituted a manner for how states draw district lines
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