May 2 2008

Justin Levitt on Supreme Court and voter ID, Sara Robinson on Texas Mormons case


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This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Indiana’s voter ID law; while the decision was difficult to parse, the debate around the law centers on the baseless fears of voter fraud often stoked by right-wing pundits. We’ll talk about the issue with Justin Levitt of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice.

Also on the show: The state of Texas’ raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, resulting in the removal of more than 500 women and children, has made for weeks of sensational news coverage. But beyond the “curiosity” factor of the Mormon sect lie hard questions about how to legally engage a group that believes it can make its own rules, and how they’ve managed to do just that for so long. We’ll hear from blogger/writer Sara Robinson on that story.


Crawford—Just the Facts II, by Justin Levitt (Brennan Center for Justice, 4/30/08)

Are FLDS Women Brainwashed?, by Sara Robinson (Orcinus, 4/16/08)