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Civil rights activists in New Orleans, who have been fighting for decades to ensure Black representation on the state’s highest court, scored a major victory last month when a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Jeff Landry seeking to toss out and redraw the first and only Black-majority Louisiana Supreme Court voting district.

A three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans voted 2-1 against Landry’s attempt to dissolve a 1992 consent decree that created a majority-Black judicial district and instituted continuing federal oversight over the Supreme Court elections. The district now includes most of New Orleans and a portion of Jefferson Parish.

Correction: The headline that ran on an earlier version of this post referred to an unrelated article that was produced by ProPublica and co-published by Verite News. Some images used in the original video were likewise taken from the ProPublica article. The errors have been corrected.

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