Voting Rights Act at the Supreme Court TODAY

I assume you all know that our topic for next Monday was before the Supreme Court today.  The Court heard oral arguments on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act.  Over the next few days, I’ll do the usual pre-meeting post with information/links about the case and the issues to be decided.  I’ll probably do more than one.  In the meanwhile, here are a few quick news stories on what happened at the Court today.  It looks bad for the main enforcement provision of the VRA, Section five’s “pre-clearance” procedure.  I think we should expand our discussion on Monday to include how voting rights can be protected if Section 5 is struck down.

  • From McClatchy news service.
  • From Slate:  A very clear explanation of the case and what both sides were arguing.

5 responses

  1. James H. Zimmerman | Reply

    For 25 years, Judge Scalia has bullied the lawyers and other justices during oral argument.
    However, apparently Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are fighting back, cutting him off for the first time. The Washington Post had an article, yesterday I think, but I don’t have the link handy.

  2. Scalia’s comments were really stunning, even for him. We should nonetheless discuss the legal (ish) theory behind some of his remarks.

  3. James H. Zimmerman | Reply

    And don’t miss this cartoon:

    Scalia is a Catholic, of course. Perhaps he and Holy Father Emeritus would enjoy a tranquil retirement at Castel Gondolfo..

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