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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion on 3-Judge Panels in Redistricting Cases

Posted on December 9, 2015, 9:09 am

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion yesterday in a Maryland redistricting case, determining that the petitioners were entitled under federal statutory procedures to bring their case before a three-judge panel. In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Scalia, the Court held that because the petitioners\' non-frivolous claims were challenging the constitutionality of the apportionment of Congressional districts, the District Judge was required by the relevant statute to refer the case to a three-judge panel. The case is Shapiro v. McManus.

Federal Judge Dismisses Remaining Claims in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

Posted on October 20, 2015, 9:30 am

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a decision and order dismissing the plaintiffs\' remaining claims in a Wisconsin voter ID case. Last year, the 7th Circuit reversed the judge\'s decision finding that Wisconsin\'s voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act and created an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The remaining claims included whether not recognizing certain IDs violated Equal Protection and whether the law constituted a poll tax. The case is Frank v. Walker.


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