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Court now riven by partisan politics

Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote the decision overturning a part of the Voting Rights Act.

Associated Press/File 2010

Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote the decision overturning a part of the Voting Rights Act.

RE “COURT voids a vital part of ’65 Voting Act” (Page A1, June 26)

The decisions rendered by the Supreme Court this week convince me that the court is as dysfunctional as the legislative branch. Neither the majority decision concerning the Voting Rights Act nor the Defense of Marriage Act were based on matters of law: they were political decisions by highly partisan political appointees, dressed in legal language. This is most evident in the majority's dismissal of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's eloquent and detailed dissent in the voting decision.

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Yes, “we” (whether progressives or conservatives) win some, lose some — but the decisions are not judicial; they are entirely political. The present conservative majority is intent on ensuring that our democracy is well on its way to transition to an oligarchy, awash in corporate money and enforced by gerrymandered districts assuring a Republican House. There is no such thing any longer as settled law; anything can and apparently will be rewritten by a bare minimum of 5-4 as its members are replaced by one president or another.

James E. Haber

Wayland

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