NAMUNDO v. Holder

Reply Mon 22 Jun, 2009 08:57 am
In an 8:1 decision, the Court decides to not really decide.

Today's New York Times wrote:
The court said that the Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 in Austin, Texas, can opt out of the advance approval requirement, reversing a lower federal court that found it could not.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said the larger issue of whether dramatic civil rights gains means the advance approval requirement is no longer necessary ''is a difficult constitutional question we do not answer today.''

The court's avoidance of the larger issue explains the consensus among justices in the case rendered Monday, where they otherwise likely would have split along conservative-liberal lines.
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Debra Law
Reply Mon 22 Jun, 2009 01:26 pm
Thanks for the update.
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