SAN ANTONIO -- A judge canceled a Monday hearing in a lawsuit over Texas' primary and caucus system used to distribute delegates, in part because gas is so expensive.
The League of United Latin American Citizens of Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and others sued the state of Texas and the Texas Democratic Party earlier this month, contending the complicated system used in the March 4 primary election unfairly diluted Latino votes.
U.S. District Judge Fred Biery cited high gas prices in his order canceling the hearing, which he issued Friday.
"Moreover, numerous gallons of $4.00 a gallon gasoline would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of the already written arguments," Biery wrote.
The judge said he expects the plaintiffs in the case to respond in writing to a filing from the defendants.
I'm no lawyer, but this sounds a little fishy. Can a judge cancel hearings just because he thinks people shouldn't be driving? Why does he care so much about the economic impact of fuel costs and not the pollution that would be generated, which would happen no matter what the gas prices are? Why not require them to ride the bus? Or why not just do all hearings through correspondence? After all, gas prices aren't likely to go down anytime soon.
This seems like an odd decision.