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Shelby County, Alabama v. Lynch

Case Information

Date Filed: April 27, 2010
State: Alabama
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:10-cv-00651); U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Case 14-5138); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 12-96)

Issue:

Whether Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act are unconstitutional.

Status:

Appellee Attorney General Holder brief filed 12/1/11.  Amicus Brief of New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed 12/7/11. Appellant Shelby County, Alabama filed 12/15/11. Court of Appeals Opinion and Order filed 5/18/12. Petition for certiorari filed 7/20/12. Brief for Respondents in Opposition to certiorari filed 9/24/12. Petition for Certiorari granted 11/9/12. Set for argument 2/27/13. Petitioner's Brief filed 12/26/12. Reply Brief for Petitioner filed 2/19/13. Supreme Court oral argument held 2/27/13. Opinion finding section 4 unconstitutional filed 6/25/13. Order denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney's Fees filed 5/28/14. Notice of Appeal filed 6/3/14. Appellant's Brief filed 10/28/14. Appellee's Brief filed 12/12/14. Joint Appellee's Brief filed 12/22/14. Appellant Reply Brief filed 1/16/15. Oral argument heard on 4/10/15. Per Curiam Judgment 9/01/15. Opinion filed 9/01/15.  MANDATE of USCA ORDERED10/27/15.

Disclosure: EL@M Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is an amicus curiae supporting Respondents in this case. No EL@M member who participates in any lawsuit covered on the EL@M website is involved in generating the website's information or analysis on that lawsuit.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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