Houston, TX – MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) will present oral argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. MALDEF will be arguing in opposition to a request by the City of Pasadena, Texas to use the election system that was struck down by a lower court in the City’s 2017 municipal elections.
- Oral argument
- Nina Perales, MALDEF vice president of litigation
- 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017
- BOB CASEY UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE COURTROOM 11-D 515 Rusk St. Houston, TX 77002
Background: In January 2017, a federal court ruled that the City of Pasadena’s election system was unconstitutional and violated the federal Voting Rights Act because it intentionally diluted Latino voting strength.
U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered Pasadena to revert to its previous use of an eight single-member district system for the upcoming elections in May 2017. Additionally, she ruled that the city would need to obtain pre-clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for any future changes.
In response, Pasadena asked the Fifth Circuit to temporarily stay the lower court’s ruling so that the city can proceed under the prior system that was held to be unlawful in the City’s 2017 elections.
Case No.17-20030, Alberto Patino, et al v. City of Pasadena