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Litigation

 

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

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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