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How the Supreme Court Rulings will Affect Houston

We turned our attention to the U-S Supreme Court, which ended its spring session in dramatic fashion, issuing rulings in the final weeks on several widely anticipated cases, all addressing civil rights matters with implications for Houstonians. Two cases came out of Texas – in one ruling, the High Court determined a suspect’s pre-arrest silence […]

TSU Law Professor Josh Blackman, University Of Houston Law Professor Peter Linzer and Local Attorney Debbie Hunt
TSU Law Professor Josh Blackman, University Of Houston Law Professor Peter Linzer and Local Attorney Debbie Hunt

We turned our attention to the U-S Supreme Court, which ended its spring session in dramatic fashion, issuing rulings in the final weeks on several widely anticipated cases, all addressing civil rights matters with implications for Houstonians. Two cases came out of Texas – in one ruling, the High Court determined a suspect’s pre-arrest silence can be introduced in court. In another, dealing with affirmative action policies in college admissions, the Supreme Court remanded the case back to a lower court. But those were just the warm-ups. The High Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. In a 5-4 vote, the Justices ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. And the High Court said proponents of California’s same sex marriage ban had no standing to defend it in court when state officials wouldn’t, and instructed the appellate court to dismiss the case.

We talked about all these cases with Peter Linzer, a Professor of Law at the University of Houston. Josh Blackman, an Assistant Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, and the founder of FantasySCOTUS.net, a Supreme Court Fantasy League. And Debbie Hunt, an attorney with the Houston area law firm Moore and Hunt, which specializes in LGBT Family Law.

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