It was bound to happen in a Supreme Court challenge to the Voting Rights Act brought by Alabama's Shelby County. Alabama and its politics were under the spotlight.
The AP reports: "The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.
"The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society."
In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referenced an infamous incident involving state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale,
Ginsburg writes: "Recording devices worn by state legislators cooperating with the FBI’s investigation captured conversations between members of the state legislature and their political allies. The recorded conversations are shocking. Members of the state Senate derisively refer to African-Americans as 'Aborigines' and talk openly of their aim to quash a particular gambling-related referendum because the referendum, if placed on the ballot, might increase African-American voter turnout. ... These conversations occurred not in the 1870’s, or even in the 1960’s, they took place in 2010." (Emphasis ours.)