Thursday, July 21, 2016

This News In: He's Still Dead

A fairly gratifying result from one of the most Conservative courts in the United States:

"Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. 

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed previous rulings that the 2011 voter ID law — which stipulates the types of photo identification election officials can and cannot accept at the polls — does not comply with the Voting Rights Act.
The 5th Circuit is considered one of the country’s most conservative appellate courts, with 1o of its 15 members having been appointed by Republican presidents. 
The case centered on whether Texas discriminated against Hispanic and African-American voters when it passed the legislation: Senate Bill 14.
(Texas Attorney General Ken) Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and other proponents argued that the law was needed to bolster security at the ballot box by preventing voter fraud, but opponents cite the paucity of proven in-person voter fraud in the state and argue the intent was to undercut the electoral strength of the state’s growing minority population..."

There can be no informed American on earth who believes the Republican claims about such laws. Everyone knows that they are patently illegal and anti-democratic attempts to rig the electoral system in favor of Republicans.  But as with other issues that I have discussed since the welcomed death of Antonin Scalia, judges across the country accepted the Republicans' miserable excuses for mangling the law, out of fear of a five member Supreme Court majority bullied into compliance by the corrupt intellectual thug Scalia.  The fear of being reversed, and reversed in the most scathing, humiliating terms in a morally bankrupt "opinion" written by Scalia, has caused judges all over the country to simply let the right (and more importantly, the rich) have its way over and over again, in clear defiance of the law.

Well, it is a blessed new world now.  The removal of this one miserable criminal has resulted in ripples of actual, real justice, reverberating throughout the judicial system, and hooray for that.  Can any decent person hope to see this curtailed by Donald Trump, who will appoint one more criminal to the Bench, bringing about perhaps another thirty or forty years of corrupt decision making across this country? Because this is just one of the results that we will face if Trump can con his way into the White House in November.  This election is our chance to stop things like Citizens United, Bush v. Gore and Heller V. District of Columbia from turning the United States into a lawless hell.

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