Over the last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted 8-1 on the following two cases. Guess who the dissenting judge was in both cases?
Case 1 : The Supreme Court decided on Monday not to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a protection for the right of minorities to vote. Congress enacted Section 5 to clamp down on election officials who use tactics like gerrymandering and closing polling places to suppress and dilute minority votes. It requires states and local governments to “preclear” changes in voting rules with the Justice Department or a federal court to determine whether they would harm minority voting rights.Case 2 : In a ruling of interest to educators, parents and students across the country, the Supreme Court ruled, 8 to 1, on Thursday that the strip search of a 13-year-old Arizona girl by school officials who were looking for prescription-strength drugs violated her constitutional rights.
- Case 1: The nearly unanimous decision involving a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act survived a constitutional challenge with only Justice Clarence Thomas, the court's lone African American, found the provision unconstitutional.
- Case 2: Justice Clarence Thomas was the only member of the court to conclude that the strip search of the 13 year old girl Savana Redding did not violate the Fourth Amendment.