Thought I would throw out that bit of sarcasm.
But seriously; Washington, DC (Oct. 21, 2014) The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation's preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing, has been selected by Koch Industries, Inc. to receive a major grant in support of NACDL's efforts to address the nation's profound indigent defense crisis.
The Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections. The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4. Three justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, dissented with the majority, arguing that the law's impact would be to disenfranchise "more than 600,000 registered Texas voters" due to their lack of having a photo ID that complies with the law.
A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled to put Texas' strict voter ID law back in place for the upcoming election. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday afternoon unanimously stayed an order issued Saturday by U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos that had blocked the controversial law. Gonzales Ramos last week struck down the law, finding that it discriminates against racial minorities under the Voting Rights Act. Gerry Hebert, a lawyer for the plaintiffs challenging the measure, said in response that they would appeal the ruling. "We are going to the U.S. Supreme Court," Hebert said.
David Post: It does seem to me that John Oliver is in the process of inventing some interesting new kind of political/social commentary the 20-minute single-issue rant that is both hilariously funny, well put-together, and often quite devastatingly effective, as argument. ... I particularly recommend his recent piece on the truly outrageous "civil asset forfeiture" regime that prevails in many local law enforcement agencies around the country these days. read more
Election Law Blog: A federal court has struck down Texas's voter ID law. It violates the Voting Rights Act, it violates the constitutional prohibition on poll taxes, it violates the constitutional prohibition of unjustified burdens, it violates the constitutional prohibition on intentional racial discrimination: indeed, in 147 pages of opinion, there's little that the ID law doesn't violate. "There has been a clear and disturbing pattern of discrimination in the name of combatting voter fraud in Texas," the opinion notes. "This history of discrimination has permeated all aspects of life in Texas."