Dale Ho is an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. This Wednesday, his team will represent black voters in Shelby County v. Holder, a U.S. Supreme Court case over the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Mr. Ho took a break from argument preparations to chat with Ipso Facto about why Pittsburgh should care about this case -- and what it's like to prep for Supreme Court argument. Here's a preview:
Ipso: Pittsburgh isn't involved in this case. Why should we care?
Dale Ho: It's about Congress' ability and discretion to enact strong civil rights statutes, which protect everyone's rights. This isn't really about "Do we need the Voting Rights Act anymore?," because that's not the type of question the Supreme Court decides. The court make decisions about the limits that the Constitution places on government bodies, so for them to rule against us, they'd be saying Congress doesn't have the power to enact strong civil rights policies like this anymore -- which puts civil rights protections in other part of the country at risk.
For the full Q&A, visit the PG's Ipso Facto blog at http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com.