Conservative Justices Ask Deeply Skeptical Questions About Voting Rights Act

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Note to Readers: Paddy is still in the hospital but doing better. She may even post from there today. Meantime, please be patient with the spotty posting when I'm not around (I have a doctor's appointment today, for example). We're doing our best.

That said, I'm trying my best to catch up with you Eastern Timers who are three hours ahead.

Here's an email alert from the New York Times that will hopefully tide you over. My head is about to explode after reading it:

A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be in peril, judging from tough questioning on Wednesday from the Supreme Court’s more conservative members.

The law, a landmark achievement of the civil rights era was challenged by Shelby County, Ala., which said that requirement had outlived its usefulness and imposed an unwarranted badge of shame on the affected jurisdictions.

Four of the nine-member court’s five more conservative members asked largely skeptical questions about the law. The fifth, Justice Clarence Thomas, did not ask a question, as is typical. Justice Antonin Scalia called the provision, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, to get federal permission before changing voting procedures, a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.

More here.

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