ABC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portion of Voting Rights Act of 1965

By David Ford

Jun 25, 2013 4:37pm

As the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act today, ABC News aired a special report to the ABC Television Network anchored by George Stephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos). He was joined by Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) reporting from the Supreme Court, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl (@JonKarl) and Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas for reaction and analysis.

ABCNEWS.com: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portion of Voting Rights Act

Congressman John Lewis, a veteran of the Civil Rights movement, told ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny (@JeffZeleny) that he is “sad and dismayed” at the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act. ABC News watched Lewis as he learned of the ruling. He stood in his office, surrounded by black and white photographs of his fight for civil rights. “What the Supreme Court did was to put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act,” Lewis tells ABC News. He added, “I’m in disbelief.”

ABCNEWS.com: John Lewis: Court’s Decision Puts ‘Dagger in Heart of Voting Rights Act’

Terry Moran will have a full report on Court’s ruling and its implications tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”  ABC’s Steve Osunsami will have reaction from voters in areas of the country impacted by the ruling.

Moran, who covers the Supreme Court for ABC News, was recently recognized by the White House Correspondents’ Association with the Merriman Smith Award for excellence in presidential coverage under deadline pressure for his reporting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act last year.

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