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Armand Derfner

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The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision Isn't the Whole Problem

(65) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Forty-five years ago, I found myself nervously standing in front of Chief Justice Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Hugo Black and the other Justices, arguing the first case to apply the newly minted Voting Rights Act. Despite my greenness, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Mississippi voters I represented,...

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Shelby County, Alabama and the Supreme Court

(14) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 7:49 AM

We were both in the courtroom yesterday for the oral argument in the Shelby County, Ala., voting rights case, and were particularly struck by one aspect of the arguments: the strange persistence of the myth that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is an adequate substitute for Section 5....

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Why Doesn't the Law Give Full Free Speech Protection to Voters?

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 1:36 PM

It seems like an obvious proposition, that a citizen registering to vote casting a ballot, is engaged in free speech, a fundamental right entitled to full protection under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The proposition seems especially obvious in light of the broad First Amendment protection extended...

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