The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down the law as racially discriminatory last summer. Approximately 600,000 registered voters did not have the acceptable ID required under the law as originally written.
Only hours after the inauguration, the Department of Justice requested to postpone Tuesday’s hearing in the Texas photo ID case. It was scheduled to argue that the state had intentionally discriminated against Latino and African American voters.
In an amicus brief accepted by the New York State Court of Appeals, the Brennan Center argued that Facebook should be allowed to protect the privacy of its users by challenging the constitutionality of "bulk" warrants for personal data.
The Brennan Center released two analyses ahead of Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General. They cover Sessions's civil rights record and highlight a past scandal that should serve as a cautionary tale.
Overall crime rates in 2016 are projected to remain the same as last year, according to a year-end analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. The murder rate is projected to increase, driven by problems in Chicago.
Florida's lifetime voting ban for people with past felony convictions is rooted in America's Jim Crow past. The harsh law impacts 1.6 million citizens, including 21 percent of the state's voting-age African Americans.