Statement of Shelby County, Alabama County Attorney Frank C. Ellis Jr. and Edward Blum, Director of the Project on Fair Representation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, after oral arguments were completed in Shelby Co. Ala v Holder, Mr. Ellis said, "On behalf of the members of the Shelby County Commission, I am grateful the Supreme Court heard our case today. Our county is a dynamic, fast-growing and forward-looking home for over 200,000 diverse Alabamians who should not be singled out for federal oversight for events that occurred over a generation ago."
Ellis continued, "It is our hope that the Court will recognize the great strides Shelby Co. and the other covered jurisdictions have made during the last 40 years in providing equal electoral opportunities for minorities. We are a different and better nation today so it is only right that our federal laws should treat each of the 50 states equally."
Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, a not-for-profit legal defense foundation that provided counsel to Shelby County, said, "This case presents the Supreme Court with the opportunity to restore to Shelby Co and the other covered states the sovereignty and dignity that is conferred to the rest of the nation."
Blum added, "The questions today highlighted the Court's skepticism about the differences in discrimination between the covered and non-covered jurisdictions. As Shelby Co. has argued, the differences simply don't exist any longer."
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