- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments Nov. 12 on lawsuits challenging how Alabama’s legislative districts are designed.

The suits were brought by the Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference. They are arguing that the Legislature drew districts that packed black voters into overwhelmingly black districts and diminished their influence in other districts. The two groups appealed to the Supreme Court after losing at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s office is defending the legislative districts.

The hearing before the Supreme Court will come about one week after the Nov. 4 election. That’s when Alabama voters will elect legislators to serve for the next four years.

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