IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXASDALLAS DIVISIONMARIA FABELA, et al., §§Plaintiffs, §§ Civil Action No. 3:10-CV-1425-DVS. §§CITY OF FARMERS BRANCH, §TEXAS, et al., §§Defendants. §MEMORANDUM OPINIONAND ORDERThis lawsuit presents the question whether the at-large system of electing membersof the City Council of the City of Farmers Branch, Texas (“Farmers Branch”) violates § 2of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 42 U.S.C. § 1973. Following a bench trial, and for thereasons that follow,
the court finds that it does.IPlaintiffs are Hispanic residents of Farmers Branch,
which is located in DallasCounty, Texas. They bring this action under § 2 of the Voting Rights Act against FarmersBranch and several Farmers Branch public officials, in their official capacities.
The court sets out in this memorandum opinion and order its findings of fact andconclusions of law.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 52(a)(1).
Plaintiffs are Maria Fabela, Alfonso Baladez, Amelia Baladez, Maria Baladez, MariaJacobo, Antonio Reyes, Maria Reyes, Diana Rosas, Leticia Torres, and Jose Villaneda.
Defendants are Farmers Branch, Tim O’Hare, Harold Froelich, Michelle Holmes,David Koch, Ben Robinson, and Tim Scott.
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