Letter: From Bosse, a false accusation
In his June 30 column Grant Bosse made a very serious accusation that the “Obama administration has used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as a political weapon” (“The 50 biggest winners at the Supreme Court,” Sunday Monitor Viewpoints). Bosse cited as a specific example the Texas redistricting plan blocked by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Bosse’s accusation regarding the Texas redistricting plan is demonstrably false, a fabrication designed to smear Holder and to deceive the public. He must have known even before submitting his column for publication that almost a year ago a federal court had ruled on the Texas redistricting plan.
On Aug. 28, 2012, after conducting a two-week trial, hearing dozens of witnesses and reviewing thousands of pages of documentation a panel of three federal judges in a 154-page decision authored by Judge Thomas Griffith ruled unanimously that the Republican redistricting plan intentionally discriminated against the minority population of the state of Texas.
In a footnote the three judges, two of whom were appointed by President George W. Bush, noted that they’d been provided with “more evidence of discriminatory intent” in this case “than we have space, or need, to address here.”
However the truth just doesn’t seem to matter to Bosse, and he deserves to have no credibility with the public. He owes them as well as Holder an apology.
The Voting Rights Act, including Section 5 mandating preclearance, is as relevant today as in 1965 when originally passed as Bush acknowledged by signing the 2006 reauthorization into law.
JOHN S. HANCOCK