Easley v. Cromartie

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Easley v. Cromartie (also known as Hunt v. Cromartie)
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Argued November 27, 2000
Decided April 18, 2001
Full case name Michael F. Easley, Governor of North Carolina v. Martin Cromartie, et al.
Citations 532 U.S. 234 (more)
Holding
The District Court's conclusion that the State violated the Equal Protection Clause in drawing the 1997 boundaries is based on clearly erroneous findings.
Court membership
Chief Justice
William Rehnquist
Associate Justices
John P. Stevens · Sandra Day O'Connor
Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy
David Souter · Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg · Stephen Breyer
Case opinions
Majority Breyer, joined by Stevens, O'Connor, Souter, Ginsburg
Dissent Thomas, joined by Rehnquist, Scalia, Kennedy

Easley v. Cromartie, 532 U.S. 234 (2001), also known as Hunt v. Cromartie, was a United States Supreme Court case. The court's ruling on April 18, 2001 stated that redistricting for political reasons did not violate Federal Civil Rights Law banning race-based gerrymandering. (Case No. 99-1864).

The Supreme Court held in the case that as Southern blacks tend to vote for the Democratic Party, North Carolina's 12th congressional district was drawn based upon voting behavior, instead of upon racial characteristics. The allegedly odd-shaped district was allowed to stand.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Kravetz, R. F. (2001). "That the District Will Be Held to Be an Unconstitutional Racial Gerrymander: Easley v. Cromartie". Duquesne Law Review. 40: 561. ISSN 0093-3058. 
  • Warren, C. G. (2001). "Towards Proportional Representation? The Strange Bedfellows of Racial Gerrymandering and Equal Protection in Easley v. Cromartie". Mercer Law Review. 53: 945. ISSN 0025-987X.