Bush v. Vera, 517 U.S. 952, 84 (1996)

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Opinion of O'Connor, J.

Javier Aguilar, Special Assistant Attorney General of Texas, argued the cause for appellants in No. 94-805. With him on the briefs were Dan Morales, Attorney General, Jorge Vega, First Assistant Attorney General, Richard E. Gray III, and Roger Moore.

Deputy Solicitor General Bender argued the cause for the United States in No. 94-988. With him on the briefs were Solicitor General Days, Assistant Attorney General Patrick, Irving L. Gornstein, and Steven H. Rosenbaum.

Penda D. Hair argued the cause and filed briefs for appellants in No. 94-806. With her on the briefs were Elaine R. Jones, Theodore M. Shaw, Norman J. Chachkin, Antonia Hernandez, Anthony E. Chavez, Carmen Rumbaut, and Lawrence Boz.

Daniel E. Troy argued the cause for appellees in all cases. With him on the brief were Paul Loy Hurd, Bert W. Rein, and Michael E. Toner.

Justice O'Connor announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion, in which The Chief Justice and Justice Kennedy join.

This is the latest in a series of appeals involving racial gerrymandering challenges to state redistricting efforts in the wake of the 1990 census. See Shaw v. Hunt, ante, p. 899 (Shaw II); United States v. Hays, 515 U. S. 737 (1995); Miller v. Johnson, 515 U. S. 900 (1995); Shaw v. Reno, 509 U. S. 630 (1993) (Shaw I). That census revealed a population in-†Paul M. Smith, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., and J. Gerald Hebert filed a brief for the Democratic National Committee et al. as amici curiae urging reversal.

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed for the Pacific Legal Foundation by Anthony T. Caso and Deborah J. La Fetra; and for the Washington Legal Foundation et al. by Daniel J. Popeo and Richard A. Samp.

Briefs of amicus curiae were filed for the Institute for Justice by William H. Mellor III, Clint Bolick, and Scott G. Bullock; and for A. J. Pate by William C. Owens, Jr.

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