On February 22 C-SPAN Radio concludes a week-long special series of Supreme Court historic oral arguments previewing key pending cases on the taking of DNA samples from criminal suspects---“Maryland v. King”---and on the constitutionality of parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965---“Shelby County, Alabama v. Attorney General Eric Holder.”
In this program, a case cited in briefs for “Shelby County v. Holder.” From 2008: “William Crawford and others v. Marion County, Indiana Election Board and others.”
In 2005, the Indiana legislature passed a law requiring all voters who cast a ballot in person to present a photo ID issued by the United States or by the state of Indiana. Plaintiffs, including the local Democratic party and interest groups representing minority and elderly citizens, argued that the law presented an undue burden on the right to vote. At trial, the plaintiffs did not produce any witnesses who claimed they would be unable to meet the law’s requirements. A District Court and the Court of Appeals both upheld the law. The U.S. Supreme court later accepted the case.
The audio and information of the cases are courtesy of the Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org.
“Crawford v. Marion County, Indiana Election Board”, previewing a February 27 SCOTUS argument on the constitutionality of parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act: Friday, February 22 at 8pm ET on C-SPAN Radio: 90.1 FM in the Washington, DC area, online at cspanradio.org and nationwide on XM Satellite Radio, channel 119.