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High Court hears arguments on 3rd District

High Court hears arguments on 3rd District

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices vigorously questioned all sides Monday morning as they delved into the legislative intent behind Hampton Roads' congressional lines and wondered how much right elected officials have to pick their voters.

The court heard 70 minutes of arguments in this long-running case over Virginia's 3rd Congressional District. A lower court in Richmond twice found the districting unconstitutional, determining that the Virginia General Assembly's GOP majority illegally packed black voters into U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott's district.

The court then redrew the map, shifting enough voters out of the...