White v. Regester

LOCATION: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

DOCKET NO.: 73-1462
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)

CITATION: 422 US 935 (1975)
ARGUED: Feb 19, 1975
DECIDED: Jun 30, 1975

Don Gladden - for appellees
David R. Richards - for appellees
Elizabeth B. Levatino - for appellants

Facts of the case

The case of White v. Regester became well-known for defining modern views towards the rights of state courts and the voting rights. The situation took place in 1970 in Texas, a three-judge District Court declared that the House plan statewide included impermissible differences from population justice. They indicated that the multimember districts provided for Bexar and Dallas Counties discriminated against cognizable ethnic and racial communities. Even since the whole thing was marked as unreasonable, the judges decided to allow its use during the elections in 1972.

As noted in this case study, there are two questions regarding the legality of the reapportionment scheme. Firstly, if there were illegally serious differences in population among the divisions set by the scheme. Secondly, if multimember divisions could provide for Bexar and Dallas Counties, they were correctly regarded as the ones that are biased against cognizable ethnic and racial communities within those states.

According to the circumstances in this case brief, the District Court informed about their final evaluation of the the discussed district. Their examination was based on the economic and cultural realities of the Mexican-American community in Bexar County and its connection the other states. Their concluded that Bexar County Mexican-Americans were fully excluded from taking part in the local political life. The corresponding decision was made.

To describe the case in brief, it can be explained that the White v. Regester examined a legal appropriateness of a 1964 Supreme Court ruling challenging the redrawing of state districts to make them equal population size.


Media for White v. Regester

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - February 19, 1975 in White v. Regester

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 30, 1975 in White v. Regester

Warren E. Burger:

I have the judgment and opinion of the Court to announce in No. 73-1462, White against Regester.

And for reasons stated in an opinion for the Court filed this morning, the judgment of the District Court is vacated.

And the case is remanded to that Court for reconsideration in light of the recent Texas reapportionment legislation and for dismissal of the case if the case if the is or becomes moot.

Mr. Justice Douglas took no part in the consideration or the decision of this case.