Racial gerrymandering struck down, and DOJ threatens immigrant rights lawyers.

Clarence Thomas Joins the Court’s Liberals to Strike Down Race-Based Voting Lines

Clarence Thomas Joins the Court’s Liberals to Strike Down Race-Based Voting Lines

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
May 26 2017 2:33 PM

Amicus: Clarence Thomas Is Colorblind

The most conservative justice casts a decisive vote to strike down race-based voting lines.

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Listen to Episode 69 of Slate’s Amicus:

This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some court-watchers off guard. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. And it was surprising because the swing vote invalidating the gerrymander came from none other than Justice Clarence Thomas. On this week’s episode, we parse the outcome of Cooper v. Harris—and what it portends for future redistricting litigation—with Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern.

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We also sit down with Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Each year, that group provides assistance to thousands of immigrants threatened with deportation. But last month, the NWIRP received a strange cease-and-desist letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, threatening its ongoing legal work and raising some concerns that the group is being singled out for its defense of immigrants caught up in the first iteration of President Trump’s travel ban.

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