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SCOTUS Dispatch: 'Hush Fell' Over Courtroom
Your Take: A civil rights lawyer's view of the scene as the high court heard a voting-rights case.
Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF's Director-Counsel, appears on PBS NewsHour with host Judy Woodruff, and explains that Section 5, the "preclearance" section and heart of the Voting Rights Act, remains vital today. Section 5 protects the rights of voters of color who live in places with the worst and most persistent history of voting discrimination.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Presents Oral Argument Urging the Supreme Court to Uphold the Heart of the Voting Rights Act2/27/13Related Case or Issue:
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Debo P. Adegbile of the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF) presented oral argument on behalf of defendant-intervenors in the Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, one of the most important civil rights cases in a generation.
Just hours after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill debated the ongoing need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act with the Heritage Foundation's Han van Spakovsky on PBS' News Hour. The discussion was moderated by PBS host Judy Woodruff.
Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.