McAuliffe: Justices 'scared' to go against General Assembly

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 7:13 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Were four conservative justices "scared" to side against Republican leaders in the court's recent opinion on felon voting rights? Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe thinks so.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aYNhZW ) reports McAulilffe blasted last month's 4-3 Supreme Court of Virginia ruling Monday during an appearance on a WIQO-FM radio show.

The court ruled the governor overstepped his authority when he restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons who had been stripped from the voter rolls.

McAuliffe called the opinion "almost unfathomable" and said that four conservative justices were "scared" to go against Republican politicians, since the General Assembly decides who serves on the court.

In a statement, House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell said the four justices who sided against McAuliffe are "widely respected" and elected with bipartisan support.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com