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Connerly v. State

California Court of Appeals, Third District, Sacramento

September 3, 2014

WARD CONNERLY et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants,
v.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA et al., Defendants and Respondents.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of Sacramento County, No. 34201180000966CUWMGDS Michael P. Kenny, Judge.

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COUNSEL

Pacific Legal Foundation, Meriem L. Hubbard, Ralph W. Kasarda, and Joshua P. Thompson for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Munger, Tolles & Olson, Bradley S. Phillips, Soraya C. Kelly, Puneet K. Sandhu; Equal Justice Society, Eva Paterson, Allison S. Elgart; ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Mark D. Rosenbaum, and Hector O. Villagra; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Oren Sellstrom; and Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Eugene Lee for California Common Cause, League of Women Voters of California, and California NAACP as Amicus Curiae for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Douglas J. Woods, Assistant Attorney General, Marc A. LeForestier and Kari Krogseng, Deputy Attorneys General, for Defendants and Respondents State of California and California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Toledo Don, Margaret Carew Toledo, Stacy E. Don; Donna L. Neville and Steven Benito Russo for Defendant and Respondent California State Auditor.

OPINION

DUARTE, J.

INTRODUCTION

This case involves two policy issues that are often viewed as controversial; (1) racial, ethnic, and gender preferences, and (2) the decennial redistricting

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process. But because this appeal turns on a counterintuitive quirk of California appellate law, we ...


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