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DOJ Staff Recommendations No Longer Possible in Voting Rights Act Cases

Following-up on my December 2, 2005 posting, DOJ Memo Determined Voting Rights Violations Resulting From Texas Redistricting, with two related articles documenting the administration response to the controversy:

  • from today’s Washington Post, Staff Opinions Banned In Voting Rights Cases.
  • and a December 8 article from the Dallas Morning News, Voting-rights friction building inside Justice. According to the article article, “some critics say, Justice higher-ups have moved to rein in career Voting Rights Section staffers by ending their ability to make recommendations in those types of cases.”
  • note that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa, is considering holding hearings on the Texas redistricting issue.
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