03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Justice Dept. Officials Approved Indicted Rep. DeLay’s Texas Redistricting Plan Despite Warnings It Would Dilute Minority Voting Strength…

Justice Department lawyers objected to a Texas redistricting plan orchestrated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, but top agency officials brushed aside concerns about diluting minority voting strength and approved the plan anyway, according to an agency memo released Friday.

The plan, designed to boost election chances of Republican candidates for the U.S. House, was approved by the Justice Department and the new districts were used in the 2002 elections.

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