Amicus Brief

Moore v. Harper (U.S. Supreme Court 2022)

This case, directly relevant to ADL’s Democracy Initiatives, involves a claim by the North Carolina General Assembly that under the oft-discredited “independent state legislature theory” it has the sole power to set the state’s congressional map, and this power cannot be challenged under the state’s constitution in state courts. ADL’s brief, joined by The Sikh Coalition, The Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, and Men of Reform Judaism, rebuts this narrow interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and asserts that “providing unchecked power over fundamental rights to a state legislature risks serious harm to all vulnerable marginalized and minority populations that have — throughout history — relied on the balance of powers to protect them from the potential tyranny of the majority.”