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Information & Analysis

Federal judge remands Myhal/Mahal case to Ohio Supreme Court

Secretary Brunner removed the case to federal district court and Judge Smith sent the case back to the Ohio Supreme Court saying that petitioner's claim does not arise under federal law but rather seeks to enforce the state law that implements the federal law.  Plaintiff, David Myhal*, has campaigned for 4 of the justices in the past.  Justices Terrence O'Donnell and Robert Cupp have not recused themselves while Justices Lundberg Stratton and O'Connor have.  The remand order is posted on the case page.

*Note: The case name is Mahal though the proper spelling of Plaintiff's name is "Myhal".

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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