February 28, 2013

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Mr. Rein, you keep emphasizing over and over again in your brief and you said it a couple of times this morning. Congress was well aware that [voter] registration was no longer the problem. This legislative record is replete with what they call second generation devices. Congress said up front: We know that the registration is fine. That is no longer the problem. But the discrimination continues in other forms.”

Justice Stephen Breyer: “I don’t know what they’re [Congress] thinking exactly, but it seems to me one might reasonably think this: It’s an old disease, it’s gotten a lot better, but it’s still there. So if you had a remedy that really helped it work, but it wasn’t totally over, wouldn’t you keep that remedy?”

Chief Justice John Roberts: General, is it — is it the government’s submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North”

Justice Kagan: Well, that’s a big, new power that you are giving us, that we have the power now to decide whether racial discrimination has been solved? I did not think that fell within our bailiwick.”


On Voting Rights, the Supremes’ Most Notable Quotes

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