SCOTUS puts another nail in the coffin of voting rights as Roberts sides with liberal minority in 5-4 decision
In 2013 Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts effectively declared racism in America was over, as he penned the majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, a case that neutered the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965.
On Monday Chief Justice Roberts sided with the Court’s three remaining liberals in a case that pounded yet another nail in the coffin of the Voting Rights Act.
University of Michigan Law School Asst. Law Professor Leah Litman, commenting on the just-released Supreme Court decision writes: “One way of understanding how radical this step is: It is a position on voting rights/the voting rights act that is SO EXTREME, the author of Shelby County v. Holder (the decision invalidating the preclearance regime) did not join it. They _lost John Roberts_ on voting rights.”
On Monday conservatives (except Roberts) on the Court decided to allow a racially unfair congressional district map “even though a lower court said it violated the Voting Rights Act by denying Black voters a new district,” as NBC News reports.
The Economist’s Steven Mazie, who covers the Supreme Court writes:
The majority\u2019s order is provisional \u201cpending further order of the Court\u201d, so it isn\u2019t the final word. But it\u2019s effectively a nail in the coffin for those challenging Alabama\u2019s map.— Steven Mazie (@Steven Mazie) 1644272770
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