Public lecture: How courts are keeping voter I.D. laws from proliferating

Rep. Tom Murry

Rep. Tom Murry

Republicans pushing for more voter ID laws are running into a new road block, the courts. 
 
On Thursday, Nov 17 at 6 p.m. in Princeton, veteran New York Times journalist Linda Greenhouse will talk about the role courts are now playing in keep activist legislatures in check. 
To get a preview read her recent column The Courts Begin to Call Out Lawmakers.
 
Greenhouse, who still writes about the courts for the The Times, covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times from 1978 and 2008.
 
Her Princeton lecture, “Telling It Like It Is:  The Evolving Dialogue Between Courts and Legislatures”, explores the implications of judicial review on state legislatures.
 
States rights are upheld as a doctrine against excessive federal power.  But when state law is determined to intentionally violate rights, courts, helmed by unelected judges, have stepped in to void those statutes.
 
This summer it happened three times in cases involving voter ID laws in North Carolina and Texas and a Texas abortion law.
 
Greenhouse will examine questions regarding such judicial scrutiny and what it means for the future.
 
Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. – McCosh Hall, Room 50, Princeton University, N.J.
 
Listen: Linda Greenhouse on Fresh Air, co-author of The Burger Court And The Rise Of The Judicial Right.

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