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U.S. Supreme Court

SCOTUS leaves intact preclearance requirement in Voting Rights Act, strikes down the formula

Jun 25, 2013, 02:24 pm CDT


Excellent decision! Long overdue.

By Yankee on 2013 06 25, 3:01 pm CDT

On the scale of excellent decisions, Justice Scalia's recent opinion striking down Arizona's voter requirement was far more excellent..

By The Real Fred on 2013 06 25, 4:41 pm CDT

Base pre-clearance on what exists today rather than what existed sixty years ago. What a concept!

By Fred on 2013 06 25, 5:05 pm CDT

great decision

By tim17 on 2013 06 25, 5:13 pm CDT

Excellent decision!!!!

By Chris on 2013 06 25, 9:58 pm CDT

How is this a great decision? Roberts essentially invents a new doctrine, "equal sovereignty of the states", claims it's a fundamental principle, and uses it as the basis to overturn an act of Congress passed 98-0 by a Republican-majority Senate. Sure seems like judicial activism to me.

By jwzich on 2013 06 28, 1:27 pm CDT

It would be just as logical to say "the states of the old Confederacy" - and bring in the whole of North Carolina but exclude Arizona - as it is to base preclearance on what was happenign sixty years ago. Should not the criterion be based on registration and turn out at the last presidential election, or perhaps the last but one to allow DoJ to catch up?

By Andrew on 2013 06 28, 2:31 pm CDT

Lamentable decision. Roberts' court seeks to turn back the hands of time in the US. Does not bode well for America's evolution and standing in the world.

By NYC Lawyer on 2013 06 29, 7:50 pm CDT

This decision was pure politics. When the possibility exists to further tighten the stranglehold the Republican/conservatives have on Congress these five justices will take it. Legal principles be damned.

By Redwood on 2013 06 29, 8:56 pm CDT

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