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Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Republican Party of Pennsylvania

Case Information

Date Filed: October 30, 2016
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Voter Intimidation
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:16-cv-05664-PD)

Issue:

Whether the actions of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., Roger J. Stone, Jr., and Stop the Steal Inc., are violating the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act by intimidating minority voters. The plaintiffs request that the courts issue an order to stop "voter intimidation" and for Stone and Stop the Steal Inc. to stop certain activities such as exit polling.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/30/16. Order Denying Motion for Temporary Injunction and/or Preliminary Injunction filed 11/7/16. Case Voluntarily Dismissed 11/9/16.

 

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

A Special Master for the Cohen Case?

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There should be a strong presumption against special treatment just because the president is involved. 

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In the News

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Columbus City Council Will See Some Reforms, But Not For Another Six Years

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in WOSU about changes to Columbus City Council that will stem from the passage of Issue 3.

 

“In a city where one political party is dominant, it makes sense to think about the citizen's commission to take it out of the hands of the politicians,” Foley said. “Because if you leave it in the hands of the politicians, it’s hard to get balance between the two parties.”


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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court Decides Wisconsin and Maryland Gerrymandering Cases on Procedural Grounds

In opinions issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two gerrymandering cases on procedural grounds. In an opinion in the Wisconsin case of Gill v. Whitford, the Court found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the legislature\'s redistricting plan. In an opinion in the Maryland case of Benisek v. Lamone, the Court determined that the District Court was within its discretion in denying preliminary relief to the plaintiffs challenging the legislature\'s redistricting plan.

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