Today, LDF sent a letter to the DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Police Jury to correct misleading information contained in a November 18, 2022 letter to the Desoto Parish Police Jury from attorneys at the John D. and Eric G. Johnson Law Firm, LLC and Holzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak, PLLC. The November 18 Letter accuses the Police Jury of intentionally discriminating against DeSoto Parish’s white population and threatens litigation based on inaccurate and misleading assertions concerning the Police Jury redistricting plan adopted in April 2022 (Plan C). The authors of the November 18 letter used these misleading assertions to support the flawed argument that Plan C constitutes a racial gerrymander and is the product of racial discrimination.
While LDF does not object to the efforts to reduce population deviations, we believe that this can be accomplished with minimal additional changes to district lines. The November 18 letter advocates for the arbitrary elimination of existing majority-Black Police Jury districts. As LDF’s letter explains, the elimination of these districts would constitute intentional racial discrimination and may also amount to vote dilution in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the letter, LDF cautions against adopting the flawed reading of federal statutory and constitutional requirements contained in the November 18 letter.
Read LDF’s letter here.
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