The States: The Reapportionment Thicket

In 1946, Justice Felix Frankfurter warned his Supreme Court colleagues against meddling with the apportion ment of political voting districts.

"Courts," he said, "ought not to enter this political thicket." Frankfurter's ad vice was heeded until last year, when the court set forth its historic one-man, one-vote rule for congressional and state legislative elections. Those decisions landed all courts in the thicket — and so thick was the grove that it seemed to many that the Supreme Court was not even trying to pick its way out. Last week the court hardly clarified matters. In four terse de cisions, it:

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