SCOTUS Dispatch: 'Hush Fell' Over Courtroom

Your Take: A civil rights lawyer's view of the scene as the high court heard a voting-rights case.

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After the argument, journalists immediately began predicting the death of the Voting Rights Act. We reminded them that the same predictions had been made after the oral argument in 2009. At one point a radio reporter asked me what the Legal Defense Fund would do if Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act were struck down.

"It's not about what we'll do," I told her. "It's about what America will do if we return to the days of unchecked voting discrimination. Every American should be asking themselves that question today, what will we do without Section 5."

Sherrilyn A. Ifill is the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., which represented black voters from Shelby County, Ala., in the case.

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is a civil rights lawyer and professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

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