March 08, 2007

Video of "Lines in the Sand" Symposium on Texas Redistricting

Steve Bickerstaff writes:

    I thought that your readers might be interested in the videos of the four panels at the symposium last Friday about the 2003 redistricting. The first panel is composed of Republican and Democratic legislators who participated in the redistricting. There were some very interesting observations from the panel and some unexpected fireworks.

    The second panel is on the criminal prosecutions of Tom DeLay, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro for their allegedly unlawful conduct during the 2002 elections. The participants included Dick DeGuerin and J.D. Pauerstein, two of the attorneys representing the defendants. Unfortunately, the prosecutor, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, withdrew from the panel because of concerns about making a public appearance while the indictments are pending.

    The third panel consisted of some of the attorneys in the civil litigation, including Nina Perales and Gerald Hebert. It also included Cris Feldman, the young attorney (and former student of mine) who represented the plaintiff Democrats in the civil lawsuit against TRMPAC and who represented the Democratic Party of Texas in its successful lawsuit to keep DeLay's name on the ballot in District 22 even after DeLay withdrew from the 2006 election.

    The fourth panel consisted of four law professors- Sam Issacharoff, Nate Persily, Scot Powe and Ernest Young. The discussion was great. The links for the symposium panels are as follows:

    Panel 1: The 2003 Redistricting Process

    Panel 2: The 2002 Election Campaign and the Criminal Prosecutions

    Panel 3: The Civil Litigation

    Panel 4: The Legal Implications

    The University of Texas also recorded an interview with me as the author of the book, Lines in the Sand. The link for the interview is here.

Posted by Rick Hasen at March 8, 2007 08:38 AM