On Thursday, Above the Law editor and legal reporter Elie Mystal tore into Chief Justice John Roberts for his ruling that federal courts cannot block state lawmakers from rigging elections with partisan gerrymanders, even if it was done with intent to disenfranchise voters, calling the decision "Kafkaesque" and a loss for democracy.
Mystal noted that Roberts did not appear to be confused about the effect of gerrymandering in suppressing fair elections — he just didn't care:
Basically the gerrymandering case means that states can do whatever they want to take away your vote, and the Supre… https://t.co/MlwZj5TCyM— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1561644696.0
@JosephPatrice I said the Supreme Court, but I meant ANY FEDERAL COURT. The Court is saying that there is NO REMED… https://t.co/tO7CuyrcS0— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1561644852.0
@JosephPatrice I thought I was going to end up calling the Roberts gerrymandering decision "willfully ignorant." Bu… https://t.co/QAu827tImD— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1561645083.0
@JosephPatrice This is just some KAFKAESQUE SHIT. Shorter Roberts: Only the political process can fix the politica… https://t.co/jNamjAOMDN— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1561645464.0