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Yesterday a three-judge U.S. District Court in Washington relied on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act – the constitutionality of which the Court is likely to review in the upcoming Term – to bar Texas from enforcing its photo ID requirement for voters in this fall’s upcoming election.  The Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, announced that he would immediately appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.  Lyle provides extensive coverage of the decision for this blog; other coverage comes from Tom Schoenberg at Bloomberg News, Charlie Savage and Manny Fernandez at The New York Times, David G. Savage at the Los Angeles Times, Scott Neuman at NPR, Sari Horwitz at The Washington Post, Drew Singer at Reuters, Will Weissert at the Associated Press, Mike Scarcella at the Blog of the Legal Times, and Ruthann Robson at Constitutional Law Prof Blog.


  • Lyle Denniston for this blog explains, in non-legal terms, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which is scheduled for oral argument in early October.
  • At PrawfsBlawg, Jim von der Heydt discusses the meaning of the Court’s decision in the health care cases and concludes that “[w]e need new ways of thinking about judicial restraint as part of the constitutional scheme.”
  • At Appellate Daily, Michelle Olsen discusses a split in the federal appellate courts over “whether money sanctions issued against an attorney can be reduced when he cannot afford to pay.”

Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 31, 2012, 9:31 AM),