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Litigation

United States v. New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: January 7, 2009 / May 18, 2009
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:09-cv-00065)

Issue:

Whether the actions of the defendants were intimidating and in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Status:

Complaint filed 1/7/09. Motion for Default Judgment filed 5/15/09. Default Judgment entered against Samir Shabazz (5/18/09).

Federal District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

6th Circuit Reverses District Court, Permits Elimination of Golden Week in Ohio

In a 2-1 opinion released today, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court, which had blocked the Ohio General Assembly\'s elimination of a \"Golden Week\" in which voters could both register and cast their votes. The Sixth Circuit disagreed with the District Court\'s determination that Ohio\'s election laws violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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