It's not easy to admit being wrong, particularly if you are one of the most respected judges in the country. Yet, that is precisely what Judge Richard Posner did.
The admission did not involve a trivial matter, but rather a decision he authored in the landmark voter identification case Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. Posner took part in the case as a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on which he still serves.
The case was one of the first to consider mandatory voter ID laws. The Seventh Circuit concluded that the risk of disenfranchising certain voters was outweighed by the government's interest in deterring voter fraud. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately upheld the decision, which is frequently cited by proponents of voting restrictions.
"I think we did not have enough information," Judge Posner stated in a Huffington Post interview regarding his new book, Reflections On Judging. "If the lawyers had provided us with a lot of information about the abuse of voter identification laws, this case would have been decided differently."
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