The federal trial over the districts drawn in 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives has concluded. The state presented its defense during the trial’s last two days. The three-judge panel appeared skeptical of its arguments.

Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, invoked legislative privilege several times during questioning about legislative intent and decision-making processes, and the state invoked the same privilege to deny plaintiffs’ some documents relating to the redistricting process. U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez wondered how plaintiffs could prove a claim of intentional discrimination if they are unable to see documents and have certain questions answered regarding legislative intent.

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