The AFL-CIO and the Constitutional Accountability Center this month filed friends-of-the-court briefs in support of the government's appeal.
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CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on FOX News Channel's 'Special Report with Brett Baier' to discuss the legacy that President Obama will leave behind on judicial nominations.
The Constitutional Accountability Center, a judiciary advocacy group, which had filed an amicus brief in support of keeping Golden Week on the books, slammed Tuesday's decision. David Gans, the center's director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program, wrote in a statement, "Today's 2-1 decision… rubber-stamps Ohio's decision to cut back on early voting and same-day registration, failing to ensure that the state respected the voting rights of all Ohioans. The court's decision will make it harder for racial minorities and others to cast a ballot this coming Election day."
At a National Constitution Center discussion May 6, even Brianne Gorod of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center praised Scalia for making originalism—adhering to the original meaning and words of the Constitution—the preeminent method of constitutional interpretation. "He really changed the way people think," Gorod said—though contrary to Scalia, she said her embrace of originalism leads to the conclusion that the Constitution is "fundamentally progressive."
Established in 1977, the Chamber’s Litigation Center has grown into the most formidable advocacy group regularly appearing before the Supreme Court. According to the Center for Constitutional Accountability, the Chamber has notched a gaudy 69-percent winning record since John Roberts’ installation as chief justice in 2006. Together with its sister organizations, the Chamber has helped make the Roberts Court the most pro-business high tribunal since the 1930s.
An empirical study for the Center For Constitutional Accountability tracked 60 Supreme Court cases involving corporate interests from 2006 to 2009. During that period, the court sided with positions taken by the Chamber of Commerce in 68 percent of cases before it. For the term commencing in 2009, that percentage rose to 81 percent.
Scalia was, no doubt, the court's most vocal critic of President Obama and liberalism. In his last years on the bench, the justice adopted a pattern of contemptuous and mocking rhetoric against the administration, evolving from a probing skeptic to a "partisan cheerleader" in the words of Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center.
Access to courts may not grab attention in the same way that issues such as guns, abortion, or affirmative action do, but it forms the foundation of the rule of law. How this law changes after Scalia will determine whether minorities victimized by the government, consumers threatened by corporate power, and others will have the right to go to court to redress violations of their rights. The vitality of the Constitution and federal law depends on ensuring that individuals have their day in court to vindicate their legal rights and prevent the abuse of power.