Voter fraud? Hey trumped, does that include voter suppression and repression? Like the verdict on voter ID laws violating U.S law which prohibits racial discrimination by a federal judge in Texas? Like the very same executive order that you silently signed on your first, not even full, day to block, by delaying, a scheduled hearing so Sessions can implode his lawlessness upon? You are such a hypocrite!
Government lawyers are seeking to time to discuss the case with new political appointees installed by President Donald Trump. | Getty
Citing Trump transition, feds get delay in Texas voter ID case
By JOSH GERSTEIN
01/20/17 07:19 PM EST
The Justice Department persuaded a federal court Friday to delay a hearing set for next week about whether the Texas voter ID law was intended to discriminate against minorities.
Justice Department attorneys filed a motion Friday seeking to postpone the U.S. District Court hearing so that government lawyers have time to discuss the case with new political appointees installed by President Donald Trump. Implicit in the motion is the possibility that the federal government might not be as harshly critical of the law as it was under President Barack Obama.
"Because of the change in administration, the Department of Justice also experienced a transition in leadership. The United States requires additional time to brief the new leadership of the Department on this case and the issues to be addressed at that hearing before making any representations to the Court. This motion is made in good faith and not for the purposes of delay," Justice lawyers wrote.
During a telephone conference Friday afternoon, Magistrate Judge Jason Libby agreed to put off the hearing for more than a month, from next Tuesday to Feb. 28, according to attorney Chad Dunn, who is fighting the voter ID law.
"We opposed moving it. This briefing schedule has been in place for months," Dunn said after the conference call Friday.
A deeply divided federal appeals court ruled last July that the law passed in 2011 had a discriminatory effect, but the judges reversed U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos holding that the legislature intended to make it harder for African-Americans and Latinos to vote. The appeals court sent that issue back to Ramos for another review, which she is now scheduled to take up next month in her Corpus Christi courtroom.
The appeals court's ruling led to to the law being more laxly enforced in last November's election, but a new round of court rulings will govern its application in the future.
Even if the Justice Department reverses or modified its stance against the Texas law, a series of private plaintiffs are likely to persist in arguing that the measure violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Josh Gerstein is a senior reporter for POLITICO.*
“Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Court Rules”
“Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
BY JIM MALEWITZJULY 20, 2016 1:51 PM
Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed previous rulings that the 2011 voter ID law — which stipulates the types of photo identification election officials can and cannot accept at the polls — does not comply with the Voting Rights Act.
The full court's ruling delivered the strongest blow yet to what is widely viewed as the nation’s strictest voter ID law. Under the law, most citizens (some, like people with disabilities, can be exempt) must show one of a handful of types of identification before their ballots can be counted: a state driver's license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, or a U.S citizenship certificate with a photo.”
“Wednesday's ruling did not immediately halt the voter ID law, which has been in effect since 2013. The judges instructed a lower court to draw up a remedy.”
The 5th Circuit is considered one of the country’s most conservative appellate courts, with 1o of its 15 members having been appointed by Republican presidents.
The case centered on whether Texas discriminated against Hispanic and African-American voters when it passed the legislation: Senate Bill 14.”*