WVAS Local News

Jun 25, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.  The justices said that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.  Alabama Representative Thad McClammy says the ruling is a wake-up call.  The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's ruling is praising the decision.  Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says it will save local and state government's time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality. 

Couple Shot

The Montgomery Advertiser reported a man and his wife are were shot Tuesday afternoon.  Montgomery Police said they believe the man shot his wife and then himself.  Both were transported to Baptist Medical Center South, where the man later died.  The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 3600 black of Carriage Oaks Court. 

Prison Supervisor

A federal jury has convicted a former prison supervisor of fatally beating an inmate and conspiring to cover it up.  The eight women and four men returned guilty verdicts Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery against former correctional Lt. Michael Smith of Auburn.  He was convicted of violating the constitutional rights of inmate Rocrast Mack by fatally beating him, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.  He faces up to life in prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.