This afternoon, the San Antonio court set trial on the state senate claims for 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, barring a settlement.
Although the San Antonio court held a trial last September on state house and congressional claims, the scheduled November trial on state senate claims was interrupted by the interim map process. Under the court-drawn interim senate map, the three-judge panel addressed senate district claims by temporarily restoring SD-10 to its benchmark (pre-redistricting) configuration. On appeal to the Supreme Court, however, lawyers for the State of Texas argued that the court did so without evidence of a likely violation.
The court did not indicate how long the trial would be, but previously parties have said the trial would take no more than a couple of days.
State Senator Wendy Davis and LULAC are separately arguing in the state senate case about the senate map as it pertains to North Texas.
The court’s order can be found here.