Gerrymandering Suit

The Fifth Circuit ruled against four white voters who sued Dallas County, claiming its 2011 redistricting plan for electing county commissioners was racially discriminatory because it provided only one “Anglo-majority district.” The court found the plaintiffs could not prove the plan amounted to “racial gerrymandering.”

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PE Punishment

A federal court in Texas dismissed a mother’s gender discrimination suit against the Dallas Independent School District and a gym teacher relating to the punishment of her daughter for failing to wear proper clothes to P.E. class one day. The student was forced to do 260 “ceiling jumps,” was bedridden for a few days after the incident, hospitalized for almost a week and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which is characterized by the breakdown of muscle tissue.

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ACLU Challenges Tennessee City’s Swift Ban on Surgical Abortion

Two days after an abortion clinic opened its doors March 1 in Mount Juliet, a small city near Nashville, the city’s commission held a first reading of an amendment to its zoning ordinances that placed strong restrictions on where surgical abortions could be performed in the city.

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