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Legal Times Reports on U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief Written by James Tucker


In the article, “Experts Debate Effects of Voting Rights Act Provision on Native Americans,” the Legal Times reported on those who oppose the argument being made before the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, which challenges the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Section 5 requires certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination against racial and language minorities to obtain approval (what is called "preclearance") from the Attorney General or the federal court in D.C. before implementing any changes in voting procedures. James Tucker (Of Counsel-Las Vegas) is one of those named and quoted in the article, having filed an amicus brief on behalf of pro bono Wilson Elser client, the Alaska Federation of Natives, which feels that section 5 is critical to preserving fair voting rights. Others who are quoted in the article in support of Section 5 include Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project and author of the report, “Voting Rights in Indian Country,” and Patricia Ferguson-Bohnee, law professor at Arizona State University and author of an amicus brief filed by the Navajo Nation.  Natalie Landreth and Erin Daugherty of the Native American Rights Fund are co-authors of the amicus brief filed on behalf of the Alaska Federation of Natives.   

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