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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

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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