Supreme Court

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision.

The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close watch, when it comes to holding elections, on those places with a history of preventing minorities from voting. Any changes, from moving a polling place to redrawing electoral districts, can’t take effect without approval from the Justice Department or federal judges in Washington.

via Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web.

 

Speech overview | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” What does and should this mean? Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in his famous Abrams v. United States (1919) dissenting opinion, began what may be the single most poetic paragraph ever written by a Supreme Court justice on the meaning of freedom of speech. Here is that improbable opening line: “Persecution for the expression of opinions seems to me perfectly logical.” What could Holmes have been thinking?

via Speech overview | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition.

 

PART THREE: The State of Equality and Justice in America

We need to have other voices in the conversation – voices that explain the importance of affirmative action for every student and for our society as a whole. The leaders of our corporations, our institutions of higher education, and our military know from their experience the importance of diversity in our classrooms.

     In 2003, the Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger that public colleges and universities could consider the race of applicants in selecting a class of students with the diversity to succeed in the modern world. A brief submitted to the Supreme Court by several large corporations explained that students could develop “the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace” only through interactions inside and outside the classroom with “widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.”

via PART THREE: The State of Equality and Justice in America.

 

Will Obama Pick Black Woman For Supreme Court? NAACP’s Ben Jealous Says He Should | Kulture Kritic

Ben Jealous, the NAACP President, has expressed he would like to see President Obama appoint an African American woman to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ultimate authority over all federal courts and state courts, involving critical matters of federal law. Once appointed, justices have life-long tenure unless they choose to resign, retire, or are removed after impeachment.

via Will Obama Pick Black Woman For Supreme Court? NAACP’s Ben Jealous Says He Should | Kulture Kritic.