Attorney General Eric Holder will sue to challenge the Texas voter ID law, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
The Justice lawsuit will allege that the Texas law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which was among the elements of the law that remains in effect after the Supreme Court invalidated the preclearance requirements in June.
Justice will also seek to intervene in a separate lawsuit against Texas over the state’s redistricting laws, arguing that the state should still be forced to submit to federal preclearance.
Holder says the lawsuits are an effort to prevent states like Texas from suppressing voters’ rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act ruling from a few weeks ago. Neither Texas Governor Rick Perry or state attorney general Greb Abbott have commented on the planned lawsuit at this time.
15:44 // 3 months ago
Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods. (Cheers, applause.) These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the “if” is important — if no safe retreat is available.
But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common-sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely. By allowing and perhaps encouraging violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.
Holder’s remarks were made at the NAACP’s annual conference in Orlando—a 30-mile drive from Sanford, Florida, where the shooting and trial took place.
18:04 // 4 months ago