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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
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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To: Robwin
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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To: Robwin

I don’t have a problem with former felons voting (I are one) but incarcerated felons should not be voting at all. I had to do my time and rebuild, so should they.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 6:23:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Robwin

Which two judges? Rheinhart (Ramona Ripston of the Los Angeles chapter of the ACLU’s husband)?


22 posted on 01/05/2010 6:25:55 PM PST by airedale
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m shocked. Not. Time for another SCOTUS bitchslap.


23 posted on 01/05/2010 6:26:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: pissant

If you liked that one, yer gonna love this

http://www.examiner.com/x-25466-DC-Independent-Examiner~y2010m1d4-What-the-Dems-know-that-we-dont-Universal-Voter-Registration


24 posted on 01/05/2010 6:34:52 PM PST by Roccus (ABLE DANGER?????...................What's an ABLE DANGER???)
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To: Robwin; EGPWS
This country gets nuttier and nuttier day by day.

...and the inmates are running the asylum

25 posted on 01/05/2010 6:42:48 PM PST by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

B!tchslap time will come to an end if O gets to nominate a new one to the SCOTUS.

Then the entire nation is b!tchslapped BIGTIME.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 6:42:57 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Robwin

Ten years after the original ruling... I would almost expect the overturning to be just based on that one issue.


27 posted on 01/05/2010 6:44:21 PM PST by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: Robwin
This will eventually be overturned the same as 99% of the crap that comes out of the communist circuit.

LLS

28 posted on 01/05/2010 6:50:08 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Robwin

Umm...committing a felony trumps Voting Rights Act. Voting Rights Act does not trump state law.


29 posted on 01/05/2010 6:50:25 PM PST by mtrott
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To: edcoil

The govenor of Washington State is a leftist coward and jerk.

PERIOD.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 7:02:03 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Robwin

I cannot believe they actually decided this way bump! Wonder what they’ll do when they discover that pedophiles are under represented in kindergarten classes? :-(


31 posted on 01/05/2010 7:11:18 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Robwin

arrrrgh!!!

I live in this freakin’ stupid state. With freakin’ stupid idiots calling the shots.


32 posted on 01/05/2010 7:25:30 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: Robwin

For anyone interested, here’s a link to the case ruling, including Judge Tashima’s majority opinion and McKeown’s dissenting opinion:

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2010/01/05/06-35669.pdf


33 posted on 01/05/2010 7:55:08 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: Robwin; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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34 posted on 01/05/2010 7:56:29 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: Robwin

....and I thought the judges in Massachusetts were nuts!


35 posted on 01/05/2010 8:06:45 PM PST by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: Robwin

Good ol’ 9th Circus - the most reversed federal appellate court in history. What a bunch of lib-driven lunatic morons.


36 posted on 01/05/2010 10:15:18 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: EGPWS

“There has to be a limit, right?”

A sad lesson of human events seems to be that the limit is well down the road after the collapse of social mores, catastrophes and massive depopulation.


37 posted on 01/05/2010 10:15:21 PM PST by El Sordo
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To: Robwin

38 posted on 01/05/2010 10:19:22 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: George from New England
B!tchslap time will come to an end if O gets to nominate a new one to the SCOTUS.

Too soon to set your hair on fire over this. It'll probably be Ruth Buzzy Ginsburg, doyenne of the ACLU (All Criminals Love Us), who'll retire. Obumbler would have to nominate his terrorist friend Ayers to get to the left of Ol' Buzzy. Oh, wait. . . .

39 posted on 01/05/2010 10:19:29 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Robwin

Never wonder again why this is very often called “The 9th Circus Court.”


40 posted on 01/05/2010 10:39:43 PM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters, now.)
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To: Robwin

Black neighborhoods are clearly more crime ridden, but blame the green Martians that visit them nightly.


41 posted on 01/06/2010 2:35:38 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Robwin; JohnHuang2; ExTexasRedhead; greyfoxx39; Jim Robinson
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.

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Tomorrow's Headline:

9th Circuit Grants Minorities 5 Votes for Every White Vote

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In a landmark ruling, a federal appeals court has ruled that approved minorities (African Americans and Hispanics) will have their individual votes counted as 5 votes, in order to ensure minority representation and equal justice. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New Black Panther Party hailed the decision. The Obama White House issued a press release yesterday afternoon saying: "This decision ensure equal voter justice for minorities who have been historically shut out of the process, and forges a new shining new path with a level playing field." A senior White House spokesman was asked if the new ruling would include Asian voters. Speaking on a condition of anonymity he said, "Are you nuts! Those are not the 'minorities' we are talking about." Attorney General Eric Holder applauded the decision, and said he will fight to ensure the ruling covers Arab-Americans, especially those of the repressed Muslim faith. "My Justice Dept will tirelessly enforce this ruling to bring equality to the voting process for all Americans", he said. Two spokesmen for the New Black Panther Party, Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, vowed that their party would work to personally enforce the decision at voting precincts throughout the nation.


42 posted on 01/06/2010 3:23:18 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Robwin
Ironically, the Godless Liberals won't be happy until they destroy this nation and bring on Armageddon.

In their hateful wickedness, are they fulfilling God's plan and bringing back his return?

43 posted on 01/06/2010 3:55:58 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (I support Checkbook Conservatives!)
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To: Robwin

It’s a wonder if they had said that they can vote as long as they vote Democrat.


44 posted on 01/06/2010 5:57:21 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: SkyPilot

Obama’s relatives? Related to Reid or Pelosi? The new SS/Gestapo of the RAT Party?


45 posted on 01/06/2010 7:45:31 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: Robwin

The most overturned circuit in America strikes again. Voting rights for domestic animals are next.


46 posted on 01/06/2010 7:53:36 AM PST by denydenydeny (The Left sees taxpayers the way Dr Frankenstein saw the local cemetery; raw material for experiments)
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To: George from New England; hsalaw

One of the conservatives will not retire. That would be a disaster.

He will replace Ruthie with a young liberal though.

Hopefully Stevens stays and dies in office under the next Republican President.


47 posted on 01/06/2010 7:57:40 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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