The North Carolina State Conference of Branches of the NAACP and several Kinston, NC residents moved to intervene as defendants in LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The proposed Defendant-Intervenors seek to defend the constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of Section 5, which theRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
CIR filed papers today responding to the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss CIR’s case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, LaRoque v. Holder. DOJ contends that neither citizens, candidates, nor voters have standing to challenge the constitutionality of Section 5 because (to speak very generally), individuals do not have a constitutional rightRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
CIR’s six-year fight to vindicate the constitutional rights of the Mueller family suffered a setback on June 30. After deliberating for five days, an Idaho jury found that neither the City of Boise nor an emergency room doctor violated the Muellers’ constitutional rights when, at the doctor’s behest, a Boise, Idaho,Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
CIR clients Eric and Corissa Mueller’s fight to protect the right of parents to make medical decisions on behalf of their minor children took a major step forward in early June when their case went to trial in federal District Court in Boise Idaho. Since the case was filed six yearsRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
California resident Julie Waltz’ long fight for free speech for opponents of state subsidized housing policies came to a victorious conclusion today, when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing agreed to implement the “Julie Waltz First Amendment Policy.” The new policy prohibits the Department from investigating citizens for housingRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
U.S. District Court Judge John Bates today released a memorandum opinion denying CIR’s motion to have LaRoque v. Holder heard by a special three-judge panel. Judge Bates ruled that a suit challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 is not a suit “under” Section 5 because it involves “the application of provisions ofRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Lead counsel Michael Carvin today filed a reply to the Department of Justice’s objection to a three-judge court being appointed to hear CIR’s challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, LaRoque v. Holder. Today’s filing challenges DOJ’s assertion that the District Court is precluded from appointing aRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Shelby County, Alabama, today filed a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and asked that it be deemed a “related case” to LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s constitutional challenge filed on April 7. If deemed a “related case,” Shelby County v. Holder will be assigned to the same judgeRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
CIR filed suit today against Attorney General Eric Holder and in so doing challenged the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The suit grows out of a refusal last year by the Department of Justice to “preclear” the implementation of a non-partisan voting system approved by voters in Kinston,Read More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates
Today a federal judge, pursuant to a stipulation by the parties, ordered the claims in Project Vote’s suit against CIR client Anita MonCrief dismissed in their entirety. The dismissal is “with prejudice,” meaning Project Vote may not revive the action.
MonCrief, a former employee of Project Vote, had become a vocal critic of it andRead More → Posted in Blog, Case Updates