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The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission, et al.

Case Information

Date Filed: July 30, 2008
State: National
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Case 3:08-cv-00483); U.S. Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit (Case 11-1760 ); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 12-311)

Issue:

Whether an injunction should be issued regarding the FEC’s policy for implementing the “major purpose” test in federal political committee determinations.

Status:

Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Opinion Granting DOJ's Motion for Summary Judgment entered 6/16/11. Notice of Supplemental Authority to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 2/9/11.  Response to Notice filed by Federal Election Commission on 2/14/11. Final Order Granting the Department of Justice's FEC's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/16/11. Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Appellant files Circuit Court brief 9/19/11. Circuit Court oral arguments held 3/21/12. Opinion issued 6/12/12. Formal Mandate issued 8/6/12. Petition for cert filed 9/13/12. Brief in Opposition filed 11/13/12. Reply Brief filed 11/26/12. Order Denying Cert. Petition filed 1/7/13.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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