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9th Circuit says imprisoned WA felons can vote
FoxNews.com ^ | 01/05/2010 | Associated Press

Posted on 01/05/2010 5:54:34 PM PST by Robwin

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A federal appeals court has ruled that imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act.

Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 2000 ruling of a district judge in Spokane. That judge had ruled that state law did not violate the act, and dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate from Bellevue.

The two appellate judges ruled that disparities in the state's justice system "cannot be explained in race-neutral ways."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 9thcircuit; 9thcircus; felonvote; inmates; ruling
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The 9th Circuit rides again, or at least 2 of its ditzier members. Minorities are overly represented in WA penal institutions so denying imprisoned felons the right to vote is discriminatory. But not all minorities. Hispanics and Asians are under represented and, horror of horrors, women make up only 2% of WA's prison population.

This country gets nuttier and nuttier day by day.

1 posted on 01/05/2010 5:54:34 PM PST by Robwin
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To: sionnsar

ping


2 posted on 01/05/2010 5:55:29 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Robwin

I wonder what would happen if the people of trhe state of Washington insisted the feds remove all federal prisons and federal felons from their state forthwith?


3 posted on 01/05/2010 5:57:55 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Robwin

Isn’t voting covered under the Constitution as a STATE issue?

If I was Governor of WA I’d tell the fed’s to pack sand.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 5:59:40 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Robwin
What's next? Are we going to see another case in another circuit to force this issue to the SCOTUS? Does the ruling apply to felons in every state in the 9th circuit? I can see an equal protection argument coming in another state inside the 9th.
5 posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:18 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Robwin
A federal appeals court has ruled that imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act.

That's the way it's done back home on Mars states two members of the appeals court panel.

6 posted on 01/05/2010 6:01:08 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Robwin
This country gets nuttier and nuttier day by day.

There has to be a limit, right?

7 posted on 01/05/2010 6:02:54 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Robwin

Solution: send more “underrepresented” races to the slammer and release a bunch of the “overrepresented” ones.


8 posted on 01/05/2010 6:03:15 PM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Robwin

W......T........Bloody........F??????


9 posted on 01/05/2010 6:04:21 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Robwin
a 3 Judge Panel decides this...
10 posted on 01/05/2010 6:05:41 PM PST by goodnesswins (Become a Precinct Committee Person/Officer....in the GOP...or do NOT complain.)
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To: Robwin

Let ‘em vote all they want. Does this mean the state has to count the votes?


11 posted on 01/05/2010 6:08:30 PM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: EGPWS
There has to be a limit, right?//.I sure in the $%%# hope so, cause I reached mine some time ago!
12 posted on 01/05/2010 6:08:39 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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The two appellate judges ruled that disparities in the state's justice system "cannot be explained in race-neutral ways."

Two judges just said that black people are naturally criminals. They are racist.

13 posted on 01/05/2010 6:08:43 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Robwin

Satire has become impossible.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 6:10:59 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: Robwin

How much longer do the Feds expect that the People and the States will put up with their bs?


15 posted on 01/05/2010 6:11:17 PM PST by Ex-Democrat Dean
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Two judges just said that black people are naturally criminals. They are racist//// That is the way I read it.
16 posted on 01/05/2010 6:13:49 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: Robwin
The 9th Circus Court?

Ummmm.
OK.

17 posted on 01/05/2010 6:14:57 PM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: sionnsar; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

The 9th. Circus Court of Appeals strikes again!


18 posted on 01/05/2010 6:15:20 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Robwin

The DEMS are building their voting block.


19 posted on 01/05/2010 6:16:54 PM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Robwin

Hell, there will probably be some areas where a few prisons could make up their own congressional district. lol


20 posted on 01/05/2010 6:17:54 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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