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U.S. v. McGregor et. al.

Case Information

Date Filed: October 4, 2010
State: Alabama
Issue:
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Case 2:10-cr-00186)

Issue:

Indictment of 11 individuals for allegedly engaging in a “wide ranging conspiracy to buy and sell votes on legislation in Alabama that would directly benefit the business interests of two of the defendants.”

Status:

All Parties Acquitted on some counts 8/12/11. Order Withdrawing as Moot Defendant Gilley's Objection to the Report and Recommendations of the Magistrate entered 5/4/11.  US Notice of Supplemental Authority filed 5/6/11.  US Reply in Support of Memorandum to Use Transcripts and Rule of Completeness Objections filed 5/6/11.  Defendant Coker's Notice of Supplemental Authority filed 5/6/11.  Defendant McGegor's Response to Court Order filed 5/6/11. Joint Report on Issues to be Addressed at Pretrial Conference filed 5/11/11. Trial Set to commence 6/6/11.

District Court Documents

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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