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Litigation

 

Favors v. Cuomo

Case Information

Date Filed: November 17, 2011
State: New York
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case 1:11-cv-05632 )

Issue:

Whether New York's redistricting procedure violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment, among other provisions.

Status:

Complaint filed 11/17/11. Motion to Dismiss Denied 5/16/12. Answer to Cross Claim filed 6/18/12. Assembly Majority's Motion for Summary Judgment on Equal Population claims and section 2 claims filed 6/29/12. Stipulation of Dismissal of Voting Rights Act Section 2 claims against Assembly defendants filed 12/18/12. Final Judgment Order filed 11/5/13. Amended Judgment Order filed 11/8/13. Order granting Motion for Summary Judgment filed 5/22/14. Plaintiff-Intervenors' First Motion for Reconsideration filed 6/4/14. Defendants' Objection to Magistrate's Report and Recommendation filed 6/6/14. Order denying Motion for Reconsideration filed 7/25/14. Order adopting Report and Recommendation filed 8/14/14. Order closing Case filed 8/14/14. Order that Clerk enter Judgment filed 9/5/14. Clerk's Order in favor of the Senate majority filed 9/11/14.

District Court Documents

 

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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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

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.

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