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Litigation

Janis v. Nelson

Case Information

Date Filed: February 18, 2009
State: South Dakota
Issue: Felon Voting Rights
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota (Case 5:09-cv-05019)

Issue:

Whether two felons who were sentenced to probation (rather than imprisonment) were improperly denied the right to vote.

Status:

Settlement Agreement filed 5/25/10.  Order dismissing case with prejudice entered 5/26/10.  Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice filed 5/28/10.  Second Judgment of Dismissal, vacating the previous judgment filed 6/1/10.

Federal District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

A Special Master for the Cohen Case?

Edward B. Foley

There should be a strong presumption against special treatment just because the president is involved. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Yes, American democracy is in peril — but don’t blame the bots

A post written by Prof. Edward Foley for SCOTUSblog about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence on voting rights was quoted in Salon.

 

“For Kennedy, freedom comes first and democracy second, and … the purpose of democracy is to preserve and promote personal liberty,” Foley writes. 

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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court Upholds Most Texas Districts in Racial Gerrymandering Case

In a 5-4 decision that reversed the ruling of the District Court, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the drawing of most of the disputed Texas districts did not violate the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act. The case is Abbott v. Perez.

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