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SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER

Docket No.: 12-96
Argued: February 27, 2013
Decided: June 25, 2013

Topics:

ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Article I, EPA, Equal Protection Clause, Fifteenth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, Supremacy Clause, Tenth Amendment, Twenty-Sixth Amendment, Voting Rights Act of 1965, disparate treatment, judicial review, murder, preliminary injunction, racial discrimination, sovereign immunity, stare decisis

PartyNames: Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, et al.
Petitioner: Shelby County, Alabama
Respondent: Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Citation: 679 F.3d 848
Supreme Court Docket

Shelby County, Alabama
v.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, et al.
Consideration Limited:

GRANTED LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: WHETHER CONGRESS' DECISION IN 2006 TO REAUTHORIZE SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT UNDER THE PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE FORMULA OF SECTION 4(b) OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT EXCEEDED ITS AUTHORITY UNDER THE FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH AMENDMENTS AND THUS VIOLATED THE TENTH AMENDMENT AND ARTICLE IV OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

Question Presented:

Whether Congress' decision in 2006 to reauthorize Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act under the pre-existing coverage formula of Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act exceeded its authority under the Fifteenth Amendment and thus violated the Tenth Amendment and Article IV of the United States Constitution.

SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 27, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER
Holding: REVERSED
Vote: 5-4

SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER
Case Documents

1BRIEF FOR PETITIONER
2BRIEF OF ARIZONA, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND SOUTH DAKOTA AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
3BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE LANDMARK LEGAL FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
4BRIEF AMICUS CURIAE OF PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION, CENTER FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AND AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
5BRIEF OF JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FUND AS AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
6BRIEF FOR JOHN NIX, ANTHONY CUOMO, AND DR. ABIGAIL THERNSTROM AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
7BRIEF OF THE JUDICIAL EDUCATION PROJECT AS AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
8BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE SOUTHEASTERN LEGAL FOUNDATION SUPPORTING PETITIONER
9BRIEF OF MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
10BRIEF OF THE NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF THE PETITIONER
11SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
12Slip Opinion in SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER (Opinion by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.)
13SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. HOLDER Oral Argument Audio