Posted: November 14, 2008
Brunner wants to consolidate latest lawsuit by Stivers supporters with NEOCH v. Blackwell
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner today (11/14) removed Skaggs v. Brunner, filed yesterday (11/13) in the Ohio Supreme Court, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Having removed the case to federal court, Secretary Brunner has filed a motion to consolidate the case with two existing federal court cases, NEOCH v. Blackwell and Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner (NEOCH and Ohio Republican Party were themselves consolidated on 11/6). She claims that the Skaggs case, brought by two voters who are supporters of Steve Stivers in the OH-15 race, is based upon legal and factual issues that are "identical" to the issues presented in the other pending federal cases. See the EL@M case page for additional information and court documents.