The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it will review the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.Under Section 5 of the statute, which was first enacted in 1965 and last extended by Congress in 2006, state and local government entities with a history of discrimination must get federal approval of changes to their voting laws. Although some say times have changed enough that such review is no longer needed, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last year said it wasn’t up to the judicial branch to second-guess federal lawmakers on the issue and upheld the law challenged by Shelby County, Ala., the Washington Post reports. The case is Shelby County v. Holder.Now the nation’s top court will decide the question. In doing so, it will limit its review to the following question, which the supreme court itself worded, notes SCOTUSblog: “Whether Congress’ decision in 2006 to reauthorize Section 5 of the Voting Rights … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to Review Voting Rights Act Case Out of Shelby County, Ala.
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On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark Voting Rights Act opinion that will impact all Texas governmental entities. For the time being, no jurisdiction in the country is required to seek pre-clearance from the federal government prior to enacting changes in its voting laws or procedures. All entities, nevertheless, must still comply with the remaining provisions of the Voting Rights Act. An aggrieved person or the Attorney General retain the ability to enforce voting guarantees under the Voting Rights Act.In Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (slip op.) the Supreme Court held that § 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act – the formula used to determine “covered jurisdictions” that must submit any changes in voting procedure to federal authorities for pre-clearance – is unconstitutional. That portion of the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments … [Read more...] about Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance
CROWN POINT — A Gary woman recently learned the dangers of buying real estate from Lake County government.She bought a house that didn't match what she saw online in the Lake County Board of Commissioner's tax sale in March. Commissioners took pity on her this week and cancelled the sale.That has ignited a bureaucratic firestorm between commissioners and Lake County Auditor John Petalas, whose office is arguing that buyer's remorse isn't a good excuse to throw out the rules everyone must abide by.The house in dispute on the 1300 block of 55 Ellsworth St., Gary, was small, but it looked like home to Marguerita Wilson.Wilson, a working mother on government assistance, plunked down $500 earlier this year to register for the Lake County Board of Commissioners tax sale scheduled for mid-March.It was the first of three auctions this year of properties whose owners had failed to pay their property taxes for more than 16 months.Lake County has some of the largest tax sales in the state, … [Read more...] about Perils abound at Lake County’s tax sale; single mother and novice auction buyer gets burned
“The first cow is Pepper. She’s got a good udder and 85 pounds of milk and ready to go for you,” barked the auctioneer to almost 200 Amish dairymen squeezed under a tent on a farm in southern Lancaster County.Thus, on a gray and cold afternoon on Tuesday, 28-year-old Levi Stoltzfus Jr. watched as all 66 of his milk cows were paraded past bidders and sold one by one.After three years, it marked the end of the dairy business for the Colerain Township farmer, who began a new job this week building sheds away from the farm.His was the second public auction for a young Lancaster County farm family exiting dairy in a week. Insider 'Lancaster County is not going to be the same': Large numbers of dairy farmers may sell cows within next 6 months 6 min to read “Just being home with the family was the biggest thing,” Stoltzfus said a few days before the short-notice auction to disperse his herd. “That’s always what I … [Read more...] about Hitting home: 2 Lancaster County dairy families reluctantly sell their milk cows at auctions
A homicide case that drew international attention to our region last summer, with police frantically digging up a Bucks County farm in the search for four young men who went missing, could take a dramatic turn today in Doylestown.Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz are due in court for pretrial hearings at the Bucks County Justice Center.Prosecutors have not said what issues will be litigated, but Kratz’s attorneys have hinted at a “resolution” in their client’s case.If Kratz pleads guilty, the focus will shift solely to DiNardo, who struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.DiNardo, of Bensalem, and Kratz, of Philadelphia, both 21, are each charged with multiple counts of criminal homicide in the July 7 killings of Dean Finnochiaro, 19,Thomas Meo, 21, and Mark Sturgis, 22.DiNardo also is charged with killing 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick on July 5.Prosecutors say DiNardo lured the men to the farm with the promise of selling them marijuana … [Read more...] about Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz in court today in Bucks County missing men homicides