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Baker v. Chapman

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 21, 2008 / October 9, 2008
State: Alabama
Issue: Felon Voting Rights
Courts that Heard this Case: Montgomery County Circuit Court (Case )

Issue:

Whether Alabama law that disfranchises individuals convicted of felonies involving moral turpitude is more more restrictive in its felony classification than provided for by the Alabama Constitution, and, thus, impermissibly conflicts with the state constitution and unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote.

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

The complaint was filed on 7/21/08.  The court determined that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the suit and dismissed the case on 10/9/08.  An appeal is expected.

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

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