Today, CIR filed a motion for expedited review of Judge Bates’ December 20 ruling dismissing CIR’s challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The motion argues that there is an overwhelming public interest in the
judicial resolution of the constitutional questions surrounding Section 5 in advance of the 2012 elections and urges the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hear the case on an expedited basis. UPDATE: On January 14, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC CIrcuit granted CIR’s motion for expedited review and ordered all briefing to be completed by March 17, 2011.
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