Supreme Court debates politics, and Kennedy's silence speaks volumes

07 October, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Del. Michael Malone's decision to add his name to a brief in the gerrymandering case heard by the U.S.

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It is neither judicially right or democratically wise for Republican justices to continue to vote along party lines in ways that advantage partisan Republicans by failing to protect the integrity of the right of Americans to vote, the integrity of financing the elections they vote in and the integrity of the districts in which they vote. (A challenge to Maryland's redistricting by Democrats is percolating in the judicial system.) And it is partly because some members of the political science professoriate, which is as ideologically monochromic as academia generally, are inventing metrics that supposedly provide objective standards for identifying partisanship that is unconstitutionally excessive.

In short, the court agrees that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional The problem is in finding a solution that the Justices can agree on - and this was the point where the consensus among court observers also ended.

Gerrymandering is hardly new: the name dates back to an unwieldy district created in 1812 by Elbridge Gerry, then governor of MA. In 2014, Republicans won 52 percent of the votes but 63 seats.

"If Party A wins a majority of votes, Party A controls the Legislature". Wording in the law leaves wiggle room to create districts that are dramatically non-compact or squiggle in different directions yet still span wide geographic areas designed to reduce one population's voting strength. "It has to do with the geography of politics", where Democrats are overly concentrated in cities and some suburbs. At the same time, Kennedy has been a reliable vote in favor of the rights of political dissenters, such as flag-burners.

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"Get this case right and not rushed", Torchinsky told Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pelligrini. This does not sadden him. Wisconsin Democrats have asserted the GOP was entitled to no more than a 7 percent advantage in seats won, not the approximate 12 percent advantage it achieved. The case questions Wisconsin's 2010 redrawing of electoral maps.

Chennai: The Madras high court has directed authorities to identify next of kin of prisoners who have died between 2012 and 2015 as per report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Supreme Court Wednesday where justices pondered a ruling that could eventually wreak havoc on Congress and state legislatures across the country. Aren't those all textual indications in the Constitution itself that maybe we ought to be cautious about stepping in here? Justice Felix Frankfurter perhaps anticipated this. At the same time, the Justices recognized that it was hard to craft a solution to the problem; Chief Justice John Roberts was especially wary of asking the courts to use "sociological gobbledygook" to weigh the propriety of district lines. Nevertheless, Frankfurter dissented, having warned in 1946 against even entering "this political thicket".

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