The Supreme Court, sitting as a bench of seven, yesterday dismissed the appeal brought by two Scottish prisoners challenging the provision of the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013 that disenfranchises them: Moohan and Another v Lord Advocate UKSC 2014/0183.   The Court ruled to reject the appeal, upholding the decisions of both the Outer and Inner House of the Court of Session that the blanket ban is not unlawful: Moohan, Gibson and Gillon Petitioners, [2013] CSOH 199 and [2014] CSIH 56.  Given the urgency of the issue, the ruling was made immediately after the hearing, and the Court will issue its judgment in due course.  This post meantime offers some reflections on the hearing and on the ruling and initial responses to it.  Continue reading »