Actual Opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-1262_db8e.pdf "We uphold the District Court's conclusions that racial considerations predominated in designing both District 1 and District 12," Kagan wrote for the high court. "For District 12, that is all we must do, because North Carolina has made no attempt to justify race-based districting there. For District 1, we further uphold the District Court's decision that [measure] 2 of the VRA [Voting Rights Act] gave North Carolina no good reason to reshuffle voters because of their race." Majority: Kagan, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer. Concurrence: Thomas Dissent: Alito, Roberts, Kennedy Best layman's article on point that I have found so far: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...s-2-congressional-districts-in-north-carolina And just to throw a bit more fuel on to this fire, needless to say, it was Republicans that improperly used race in this case.