“Public money is going to a private law firm to stop the remedial process and defend discrimination,” said Leah Aden, senior counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She noted that this is happening even as Louisiana — which has long had a justice system rife with racial inequality — faces a billion-dollar budget deficit.
The NAACP filed the federal lawsuit over judicial voting districts in Louisiana — Terrebonne Parish Branch NAACP et al. vs. Jindal et al. — in 2014. It sought to change the parish’s existing at-large voting system for its five judges to a district system in order to create a district with a majority of non-white voters. There have been similar racial discrimination lawsuits over at-large judicial voting districts in other states including Alabama and Texas.
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