Transcript: Attorney Gerry Hebert’s remarks on the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act

Partial transcript of remarks by Gerry Hebert, election law attorney, on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on June 25, 2013:

Well, obviously we’re disappointed that the Supreme Court has struck down Section 4. It’s an act of incredible judicial activism, as we’ve heard.

It’s also a slap in the face to Congress and the hard work that it undertook in 2006.

The Voting Rights Act is one of the few pieces of legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support in 1965, 1970, 1975, 1982, and even more so in 2006.

And so it’s very disappointing that the Supreme Court would think that it is the best decider of when racial discrimination in voting has ended in our country. It isn’t.

The Constitution says that those decisions should be made by Congress with appropriate legislation and the Supreme Court turned its back on the numerous precedents today as Justice Ginsburg pointed out in her dissent and also noting, of course, that this was a facial challenge and in any other area of the law, the Supreme Court would never have done what it did today and turned its back on the rights of racial and language minorities in our country.

I join with my brothers and sisters to say that we will go to Congress and we will fight because we have in this fight a long time. And we’re not turning back now. There’s nothing stronger than a made up mind, said Dr. King. And we believe that this Congress knows just as it did in 2006 that it can act in a bipartisan way and it will do so. I am confident because I know that one day – one day – we shall overcome.

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