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02/13/2013

Doug Kendall on Conservative Scholars and the Voting Rights Act Case
Michael Ramsey

At Balkinization, Doug Kendall:  The Deafening Silence of Conservative Stars on the Constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.  From the introduction:

One of the glaring things revealed by a review of the briefs in Shelby County v. Holder is the dearth of serious constitutional scholars in the fray supporting the conservative attack on the Voting Rights Act.  ...  [W]here are the leading conservative constitutional thinkers on this – Mike McConnell, Eugene Volokh, Randy Barnett, Gary Lawson, and Steve Calabresi? None of these bright-light conservative names grace the briefs on behalf of Shelby County and, so far, their silence has been deafening in the public debate. As University of Kentucky law professor Josh Douglas has pointed out over at PrawfsBlawg, it’s really hard to find a credible academic to provide “balance” to a panel discussion on Shelby ...