Tuesday's ruling means state lawmakers' decisions about federal elections can still be challenged in state courts. Thomas dissented, with Gorsuch joining him in defending the scheme.
What does it say that I was more relieved about this decision than anything else?
Maybe Roberts should start slipping notes to Thomas rather than Jackson. She’s just being a bit too active as a new justice than tradition expects. Thomas, on the other hand, seems on the edge of a spree killing.
It’s so wild to me how Gorsuch can sometimes be completely reasonable and correct (see: pretty much every Federal Indian law case and also Bostock) and in other cases can just be completely batsh*t ridiculous and nakedly partisan (see: this case). I suppose we all contain multitudes?
I’m really happy SCOTUS didn’t destroy democracy today but this does still leave North Carolina with a racially gerrymandered congressional map right? So Marc Elias still has lots of work ahead of him, poor guy!
It was a good day.
One day law schools will no longer teach judicial avoidance as a principal of constitutional law.
Surreal politically, not really