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Tuesday, August 26, 2003
San Jose Preclearance Update
There will be a hearing on an Order to Show Cause on Friday in San Jose. While the TRO was heard only before Judge Fogel, the OSC will be in front of a three-judge panel consisting of Judges Fogel and Whyte, district judges in San Jose, along with Judge Consuelo Callahan, the most recently confirmed judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Latest Development in the Preclearance Cases
In the Salazar case (Prop 54), the State of California has filed a communication from the DOJ dated August 19, 2003. Of note is the following excerpt:
"We also write to seek clarification about whether, in its August 4, 2003 letter to the Department, the state intended to submit for preclearance under Section 5 the change in the date for the initiative election from March 2, 2004, to October 7, 2003, and the several attendant changes to the timetable for certain events leading up to this election. It is our understanding that on August 15, 2003, the United States District Court . . . held that these changes were covered by Section 5, and that the State may not implement them in the absence of compliance with Section 5. To enable us to meet our responsibility to enforce the Voting Rights Act, please inform us of whether the State of California intended to submit these changes in its submission of August 4 or whether it will make a subsequent submission."
The letter is signed by Joseph D. Rich, Chief of the Voting Section.
Friday, August 15, 2003
Judge Fogel's Order in the Preclearance Cases
Judge Fogel's has issued an order; it directs Defendants to "appear before this Court at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 29, 2003, there and then to show cause, if any they have, why they . . . should not be restrained and enjoined pending trial of this action from accepting any ballots, including absentee ballots, or operating any polling place in connection with the special election . . . ."
He also issued a TRO preventing the County of Monterey "from mailing absentee ballots to overseas voters registered to vote in Monterey County until Section 5 preclearance has been obtained or until further order of the Court."
It looks like the preclearance clock is now running.
Preclearance and the Recall
Judge Fogel, District Judge in San Jose, held a hearing on a TRO this morning in a case challenging the recall election under the Voting Rights Act. The State of California and the County of Monterey conceded that election changes related to the recall election required federal preclearance under the Voting Rights Act and that such preclearance had not been obtained.
The defendants also did not dispute that the election cannot proceed unless preclearance is obtained. Judge Fogel seemed to be searching for a preclearance deadline after which it would simply be too late to wait any longer for the Justice Department to clear the election. For the recall portion at least, he seemed to key on the date that the first vote could be cast -- absentee, overseas or otherwise. The parties did not speculate on when a preclearance decision could be expected from the Justice Department
Judge Fogel asked the parties if they were available for a hearing on August 29 and September 5. It looks like another hearing will be set for one of those days, and that if preclearance has not occurred by the date of that hearing, the election may well be postponed.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Judge Fogel's calendar lists two recall election-related cases set for a hearing on a TRO:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2003 CV-03-3584-JF AURELIO SALAZAR ET AL V. MONTEREY COUNTY, ET AL. Temporary Restraining Order @ 9:30 AM Related to CV-03-3658 CV-03-3658-JF JUAN OLIVEREZ, ET AL V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL Temporary Restraining Order @9:30 AM Related to CV-03-3584
These suits challenge the recall election and the inclusion of Proposition 54, alleging that state officials have failed to obtain pre-clearance from the US Attorney General or the DC District Court under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The next few months should be interesting.
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Judge Alsup Strikes Back
Yesterday, I attended a Federal Bar Association event entitled "Remembering Justice William O. Douglas: A Reply to Recent Critics." Chief Judge Patel introduced the two speakers, Judge William Alsup and Jerome Falk, Jr., former clerks of Justice Douglas. More than a dozen other former Doulgas clerks were also on hand, including David Ginsburg, Douglas' first clerk, and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher. (Two former wives of Doulgas were also in attendance.)
Judge Alsup's detailed presentation focused on refuting the factual record as set forth in Bruce Allen Murphy's Wild Bill. Judge Alsup was passionate in his oration and took umbrage with Judge Posner's review of Wild Bill, James Ryerson's review in the New York Times, and of course BAM himself. He challenged these men to get their facts straight before attacking a great American. Judge Alsup also mentioned a Washington Post article casting doubt on the proposition that Douglas never should have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
If Judge Alsup's portion was the mind of the presentation, Falk's was the heart. He corroborated an anecdote attributed to him in the book, but noted that BAM focused only on the negative stories relating to Douglas' interactions with his clerks, turning a blind eye to the more compassionate side of his character. Falk speculated that events not fitting within BAM's view of Douglas were simply omitted from the book.
Jerome B. Falk, Jr.
Monday, August 04, 2003
Woodford v. Visciotti 04-Nov-2002; Early v. Packer 04-Nov-2002; Lockyer v. Andrade 05-Mar-2003; Woodford v. Garceau 25-Mar-2003.
Nguyen v. United States 09-Jun-2003; Smith v. Doe 05-Mar-2003; U.S. v. Jimenez Recio 21-Jan-2003.
Civil – Section 1983
Administrative – Immigration
Demore v. Kim 29-Apr-2003.
Blake and Hobson wrote: "Of 72 cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2002-03 term, 28 of them were criminal cases or directly related to issues of criminal law. Ten of these 28 were from the Ninth Circuit and all 10 were reversed. That means the Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit 100 percent of the time when considering criminal cases."
You be the judge whether or not the linked cases above represent instances where the Ninth Circuit was "considering criminal cases."
Disappearing Arks and Plea Enforcement
Two noteworthy opinions today:
In Kesel v. UPS, Judge McKeown recounts the tale of Ukranian art “that vanished like the Ark of the Covenant” from a Kentucky warehouse.
In Brown v. Poole, the Court reversed the district court’s denial of habeas relief and ordered specific performance of a plea agreement. Judge Silverman dissented.