Showing posts with label Jeffrey Toobin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeffrey Toobin. Show all posts

Jan 11, 2013

The Voting Rights Act to be Argued in February before U.S. SC

Racism is gone from America?
The Voting Rights Act enacted in 1965 is set to be Argued in February before the United States Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

Few are optimistic that the Roberts Court will not take a sledgehammer to this pillar of the modern civil rights movement.

To no one's surprise the case pits those who are pro-voting and pro-democracy against the those who cannot stand the thought that black, brown and yellow Americans are hitting the voting polls at what they view as alarming rates.

Elections are for white Americans; proper, land-owning, white Americans.

Jeffrey Toobin sums up the case in The New Yorker.

No Republican, including those who voted for the Voting Rights Act's reauthorization in 2006, has spoken up and defended the Act against the judicial targeting by the Roberts Court.

Congress reauthorized the act by votes of 390 to 33 in the House and 98 to 0 in the Senate in 2006 for an additional 25 years.

In the 2009, the Roberts Court invited the challenge (Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder) now before the Court in another attack on non-Republican Americans.

As Toobin notes in 2009, "Even more than (Justice) Scalia, who has embodied judicial conservatism during a generation of service on the Supreme Court, Roberts has served the interests, and reflected the values, of the contemporary Republican Party."

May 18, 2009

Jeffrey Toobin on CJ John Roberts: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Update: See today's 5-4 decision (Ashcroft and Mueller v. Iqbal, 07-1015) for yet another example of the utter disdain the GOP-Roberts wing has for liberty. See SC Turns Back Ex-Detainee’s Suit Over Prison Abuses (NYT).

As speculation continues on Obama's Supreme Court nominee, a must read by Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

In September 2005 Roberts was confirmed 78-22, and the liberty-loving crowd (mainstream journalists call us the "left") figured that we were not going to be hurt as Roberts' predecessor was William Rehnquist. Can't really get worse than Rehnquist.

Not so sure now.