DOJ abandons a voter ID challenge in Texas. And, debating the Chevron doctrine at SCOTUS.

Voting Rights Do Not Keep Jeff Sessions Up at Night

Voting Rights Do Not Keep Jeff Sessions Up at Night

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
March 4 2017 10:02 AM

Amicus: Never Mind

After spending years challenging a draconian voter ID law in Texas, the DOJ abruptly changes course. Plus—a thorny deportation case is argued at SCOTUS.


Listen to Episode 62 of Slate’s Amicus:


On Monday, the Department of Justice announced an abrupt about-face on voting rights, essentially walking away from a lawsuit against a harsh voter ID law in Texas. We discuss the reversal and its implications with Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She was one of the lawyers in the strange position of arguing the case in court this week, the day after the DOJ reversed course.

We also sit down with Jeffrey Fisher, who argued an important immigration-related case at the Supreme Court this week. Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions asks whether a legal immigrant can be deported for something that counts as a serious crime in some states but not others. It also previews a question likely to play a big role in Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings: how much deference courts should give federal agencies when interpreting the meaning of laws.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.