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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case
Monday, July 9, 2012
(Washington, D.C.) The weeklong trial before a three-judge federal court begins Monday, July 9th in Texas v. Holder, a case involving Texas’ proposed photo identification law. The trial begins at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8 (4th Floor) at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
In the lawsuit, Texas has asked a federal court to approve, under the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most restrictive government-issued photo identification laws in the country. In the alternative, Texas asks the court to strike down Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act, as unconstitutional.