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Posted On July 20, 2021
The Supreme Court justice who struck down the racial discrimination clause of the Voting Rights Act could also have to make an appearance before the court to answer a question about the case.
Justice Elena Kagan is due to appear before the justices on Tuesday morning.
Her appearance comes after Justice Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday called the decision a victory for the civil rights movement.
Kennedy told a court-appointed monitor that his ruling was not about whether voting rights were a “right or a privilege” and that it was about ensuring that African-Americans were able to exercise their right to vote.
The decision by Kennedy to make Kagan appear before a panel of the justices will be one of the more important legal decisions of the term, which began on Wednesday.
It will be the first time in history that a justice has appeared before the Supreme Court for any reason.
The case is one of several involving voting rights in which African-American voters are being charged with voter fraud and are also being denied the right to the ballot.
Kagan, a Republican, was appointed to the high court by President George W Bush in 2005.
The vote The ruling came down on the eve of the US midterm elections, which have been marked by a wave of voter fraud, racially motivated violence and voter suppression that has sparked national protests.
It was one of three votes that Kagan was to hear, and she has a vote in both of the cases.
In the Voting Act case, Justice Kennedy sided with a federal judge in Wisconsin, who had said that the section was intended to prevent voter intimidation, not voter fraud.
He said that Kanesa had made a clear and well-argued case that the law was designed to prevent intentional discrimination.
But in the second case, the Supreme Justice sided with the Justice Department in saying that Kivenas actions were discriminatory, and that he had acted without justification.
Justice Kennedy did not comment on the decision as he voted to allow Kagan to appear in court, but his written remarks were accompanied by a video statement.
In that statement, Kennedy said that he was “disappointed in the decision by the Supreme, which I believe to be based on a flawed understanding of the law”.
He also said that his vote to strike down the section had been a “mistake”, but added that “a court is a forum for the exchange of views and arguments and I believe that the American people should have the opportunity to weigh in on these matters”.
But Kagan disagreed.
She told a Senate panel last week that she did not want to comment on a pending case.
‘It’s not going to be easy’ Kagan’s comments come at a particularly difficult time for the Justice department.
It is investigating voting rights violations in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Virginia.
Earlier this year, a federal appeals court ruled that the Justice Dept’s decision to not seek federal approval for voter identification laws in the states was discriminatory.
Justice Dept officials have been forced to admit to a widespread failure to enforce voting rights laws in those states.
The DOJ’s failure to implement the Voting Access Task Force’s recommendation to close the voting gap between whites and minorities and to ensure that voting laws comply with the Voting Section 3 standard, for example, left millions of voters at risk of being disenfranchised.
The department also failed to investigate the impact of the Department of Justice’s directive that states should use paper ballots, despite its recommendations to do so.
The Justice Department also has faced a slew of lawsuits over its voting rights policies.
It has been under scrutiny from civil rights groups over whether its policies are racially discriminatory.
The Supreme court is set to hear arguments in one of those cases next week, and Justice Kennedy will decide whether to hear the case in person.
‘A sad day’ On Tuesday, a group of civil rights leaders who worked closely with the Department to implement voting rights reforms also wrote to Kennedy to express their concerns about the ruling.
The leaders, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, and the National Lawyers Guild, called on Kennedy to send a message to the Department that “justice hurts, justice hurts”.
“We are not at all surprised by this decision by Justice Kennedy.
We are disappointed that a Justice would take such a step that we believe to have been made with deliberate indifference to the impact it would have on the people affected,” said NARAL’s executive director, Tamika Mallory.
“We know that when a Justice refuses to take on the burden of defending the Voting section 3 standard it makes it harder for African Americans to exercise the rights guaranteed to them under the Voting and Civil Rights Act.”
In a statement, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks called the ruling a “tragic day for African- Americans”.
“This decision will not only hurt African- American voters but also all voters who have been harmed by the Justice’s inaction on voting rights,”