A federal court in Louisiana has ruled that the state’s top judge can run for re-election, dealing a blow to a campaign by the left to reconfigure the state’s Supreme Court.
The lawyers for Chief Justice John Weimer declared victory “in all respects,” the Advocate reported.
Louisiana’s top judge can run for re-election
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued in 2019 complaining that the current makeup of the Supreme Court discriminates against Black people, who account for a third of the state’s population.
Of the court’s seven justices, one comes from a majority-Black district. The NAACP says there should be two majority-Black districts.
U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles in Baton Rouge ended a stay Wednesday on the election for Weimer’s 6th district that was handed down in May.
The stay had blocked all elections for the state’s Supreme Court, but Weimer is the only member of the court who is on the ballot this year. Weimer, who was first elected in 2001, is seeking a third 10-year term.
“Justice Weimer won in all respects,” said his lawyer John W. Perry. “The election will go forward as scheduled.”
Election disputes in the courts
Louisiana’s Republican attorney general Jeff Landry is against the NAACP’s lawsuit, but he joined the group in supporting the stay, for reasons that are unclear.
Disputes over election maps and voting procedures have heated up in the aftermath of the bitterly contested 2020 presidential election.
The left has pushed for strict federal oversight of elections and less secure but more convenient voting methods in the name of “voting rights.”
Democrats were up in arms when the United States Supreme Court recently greenlit Republican-drawn congressional maps in Louisiana that leftist groups claimed were gerrymandered to dilute the Black vote.
A lower court judge had ordered the GOP to devise new maps with two Black-majority congressional districts rather than one, but the Supreme Court issued a stay, allowing the maps to be used in the midterm elections.