Debate over two public symbols reaches the Supreme Court. At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that the Supreme Court has asked Gov. Dewey Phillip Bryant of Mississippi to respond to a petition asking it to decide whether the inclusion of the Confederate Battle Flag on the state’s flag violates the equal protection clause; she notes that “the move means that at least one justice is taking a close look at the case” and suggests it may be Justice Clarence Thomas, who “has shown an interest in state displays of symbols associated with racism and slavery.” Emily Wagster Pettus provides additional coverage for the Associated Press. The Tribune News Service reports that a 23-state coalition is asking the Supreme Court to overrule a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholding a district court’s ruling ordering a community in New Mexico to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from its city hall lawn.
In U.S. News & World Report, Joseph Williams discusses recent victories by voting-rights advocates in challenges to Texas’ ballot-ID law and legislative districts, noting “the victories are tempered by the fact that Republicans have vowed to appeal both cases to the Supreme Court, raising the very real possibility that the justices would agree to review and possibly reverse the lower-court decisions.” And at Howe on the Court, Amy Howe reports that Justice Samuel Alito, in his capacity as circuit justice for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, has put on hold a lower-court ruling that had invalidated maps for the Texas House of Representatives.
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