Civil and Human Rights

Briefs supporting Section 5 point to substantial evidence on which Congress relied

By Marcia Coyle


…More than two dozen amicus briefs have been filed on the side of the United States and the defendant intervenors in an organized and thorough effort to refute the main arguments against the constitutionality of Section 5 by Shelby County and its supporters.


Reflecting the high stakes in the case, they were filed on behalf of such civil rights legends as U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), leaders of the House and Senate, political scientists, jurisdictions that have successfully “bailed out” of Section 5 coverage, some of the states that are still covered by Section 5, constitutional law scholars, bar associations, historians, social scientists, and Latino, Asian American, Native American and Alaskan Native organizations.


There is even an unusual brief submitted by former Republican Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and former career Justice Department officials specifically attacking two amicus briefs on the Shelby County side, one from former Republican officials who served in the civil rights division of the Justice Department…


…The Constitutional Accountability Center and constitutional law scholars argue the plain language and original meaning of the enforcement clauses of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments give Congress broad powers to prevent racial discrimination in voting….

More from Civil and Human Rights

Civil and Human Rights
June 20, 2024

RELEASE: Supreme Court decision keeps the door open to accountability for police officers who make false charges

WASHINGTON, DC – Following this morning’s decision at the Supreme Court in Chiaverini v. City...
By: Brian R. Frazelle
Civil and Human Rights
June 11, 2024

The People Who Dismantled Affirmative Action Have a New Strategy to Crush Racial Justice

Last summer, in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College, the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority struck...
By: David H. Gans
Civil and Human Rights
April 12, 2024

TV (Gray TV): CAC’s Frazelle Joins Gray TV to Discuss Fourth Amendment Case at Supreme Court

Gray TV Washington News Bureau
Civil and Human Rights
April 22, 2024

RELEASE: Justices grapple with line-drawing but resist overturning important precedent in Eighth Amendment homelessness case

WASHINGTON, DC – Following oral argument at the Supreme Court this morning in City of...
By: Brian R. Frazelle
Civil and Human Rights
April 19, 2024

Will the Supreme Court Uphold the 14th Amendment and Block an Oregon Law Criminalizing Homelessness?

Nearly 38 million Americans live in poverty. In some areas and among some populations, entrenched economic...
By: David H. Gans
Civil and Human Rights
April 18, 2024

DEI critics were hoping that the Supreme Court’s Muldrow decision would undermine corporate diversity programs. It does no such thing

The Supreme Court just delivered a big win for workers and workplace equality–but conservatives are...