Tag: Supreme Court

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Opinion

It’s no time to retreat from affirmative action, voting rights

U.S. SUPREME COURT by Julian Zelizer (CNN) — The Supreme Court is expected to issue a number of historic decisions in the coming weeks about how the government deals with race issues. With the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action on the agenda, the nation is watching closely to see what the highest court will say. The court is tackling affirmative action through a case involving the University of Texas and a student who was denied admission. With the Voting Rights Act, the court is looking again at the law, including Section 5, which stipulates that some jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination are required to submit changes in districting and voting laws for clearance.

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National

Justices more diverse than lawyers before court

In this Jan. 17, 1966, photo then Solicitor Gen. Thurgood Marshall, right, Attorney Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach and Asst. Attorney Gen. John Doar arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the legality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (AP Photo, File) by Mark Sherman WASHINGTON (AP) — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes.

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Opinion

The tainted prosecution of Justice Joan Orie Melvin

FACING OUSTER– In this May 18, 2012 photo Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, speaks to reporters outside Pittsburgh Municipal Court in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) by Bill Keisling (RealReporting.org)–A public impeachment trial in the state senate is not only desirable in the case of Justice Melvin, but necessary.