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Will Conyers ruling be appealed? (Judge's ruling violated Michigan law)
The Hill ^ | 5-24-2014 | Mario Trujillo

Posted on 05/24/2014 8:44:45 PM PDT by smoothsailing

May 24, 2014

Will Conyers ruling be appealed?

By Mario Trujillo

Michigan's secretary of State said it's too early to say whether she would appeal a judge's ruling Friday that placed Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) back on the Democratic primary ballot.

A decision by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Leitman overturned rulings by the Michigan Secretary Ruth Johnson and the Wayne County Election Commission that prevented Conyers from getting on the August ballot because of a lack of valid petition signatures.

The judge noted that he hurried to file the injunction Friday to give all parties time to appeal, if necessary, to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals before the June 6 deadline to certify the ballot.

“It’s too early to comment," spokeswoman for the secretary of State Gisgie Gendreau told the Detroit Free Press.

"We’ve received the judge’s order, but will have to review it with our attorneys before we decide how to proceed. What I can tell you is that the secretary is sworn to uphold the law, and that’s what she has done in this case and will continue to do.”

Conyers primary opponent Rev. Horace Sheffield III, who first challenged the petition signatures, said attorneys were reviewing the order.

“What we’re going to do is let the attorneys look at it ..., but it doesn’t stop anything as far as our approach to the campaign. We’re moving forward," campaign manager Rick Jones told the Detroit News.

More than 600 petition signatures for Conyers had been deemed invalid by the county clerk, with whom the secretary of State agreed, because they were gathered by people who were not registered in Michigan, required by state law.

That left Conyers shy of the 1,000 petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

But the judge ruled the law was likely unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds, asserting it was not narrowly tailored. The previously invalidated signatures would send Conyers's total above 1,000.

"Plaintiffs here have shown a substantial likelihood of success," he wrote, adding, "The State’s interest in combating election fraud is compelling, but the State may protect that interest through a less restrictive means."

Conyers's campaign chair Bert Johnson, a Michigan state senator, told The Hill on Friday, "We hope this is the end of it because it is the right and fair decision," but noted others have the right to appeal.


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1 posted on 05/24/2014 8:44:45 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Overturned and then upheld.

You know the drill...


2 posted on 05/24/2014 8:46:34 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (DONATE TO FR NOW!!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Am I surprised? No.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 8:46:38 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I'd like to see it appealed but in the end it would be pointless because Conyers can easily win a write in campaign. His opponent is already treating Conyers as the winner.

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4 posted on 05/24/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: smoothsailing

Judge Matt Leitman was nominated to the court by none other than barack hussien obamar.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 8:50:33 PM PDT by boycott
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To: freekitty
I can't figure the judge's reasoning. It's a slam dunk that Conyers is ineligible.

Even a layman can read the law.

And the judge could have ruled correctly, and Conyers will STILL win.

Even as a write-in. ASSUMING Conyers' constituents can write.

And a big ASSumption that is.

So no upside, and plenty of tyranny going on.

Why the corrupt POS judge had to stick their snout into this I have NO idea.

6 posted on 05/24/2014 8:52:37 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: smoothsailing

The state should appeal if for no other reason, to establish what the law and the role of the SoS is in MI. I am sick to death of judges deciding they can just overturn every damn law they don’t like (especially votes of the public on things like “gay marriage” and immigration).


7 posted on 05/24/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: smoothsailing
"Plaintiffs here have shown a substantial likelihood of success," he wrote, adding, "The State’s interest in combating election fraud is compelling, but the State may protect that interest through a less restrictive means."

Well you can't get much less restrictive than letting a fugitive felon collect signatures.
8 posted on 05/24/2014 8:53:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: smoothsailing

Oh Hell no! That be White folk law! We not be held back by no White man laws!


9 posted on 05/24/2014 8:54:48 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: boop
Even a layman can read the law.

But - only republicans are subject to law -

10 posted on 05/24/2014 8:54:53 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: maine-iac7
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11 posted on 05/24/2014 8:57:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: boop

I worked for Ross Perot when he ran for POTUS in NJ. Funny how the courts required the petitions to be properly bounded, header sheet and all signatures must be valid. Oh one more thing, better file it on time. When one of the Perot supporters complained, one judge reminded him that if you want to be in the big leagues, follow the rules. LOL!!!!


12 posted on 05/24/2014 8:58:01 PM PDT by Fee ( Big Gov and Big Business are Enemies of America)
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To: boop
His opponent Horace Sheffield(same guy who challenged Conyers petitions) was charged in February with beating his wife. Doesn't that alone elevate the challenger's resume in the eyes of the average Detroit Democrat?

Wasn't getting an opponent thrown off the ballot the same way their hero BO got his start in politics?

13 posted on 05/24/2014 9:03:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: smoothsailing

The guy has been in congress for decades representing a district and can’t get local people to collect signatures? Talk about being out of touch.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 9:10:36 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: boop

conyers never had a problem obeying this law the last 24 times he ran for office.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 9:11:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: smoothsailing

This bank robber judge stealing representations needs to go to prison. He obviously is not interested in running the business of the country.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 9:16:32 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Secret Agent Man

You really believe that? No one challenged him before; that’s not remotely the same as having obeyed the law.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 9:21:43 PM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: smoothsailing

This will turn into a race issue. Then it will snowball to the media


18 posted on 05/24/2014 9:23:34 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: boop

This is why I laugh my ass off at those people who lecture us that our vote still counts.

If anyone bothered to notice, the rule of Law is DEAD in this country and the voice of the People will be determined by the Ruling Class.

If the politicians and the judiciary refuse to follow the law and make up what the law is to benefit the Beast, why do people still cling to the silly notion that our votes will count and that we can somehow stop tyranny at the ballot box???


19 posted on 05/24/2014 9:24:59 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Doug Loss

what i mean was he didn’t have a problem going through the motions and satisfying the law, until the law prevented him from being on the ballot. seems a tad hypocritical.


20 posted on 05/24/2014 9:27:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: smoothsailing
If Democrats COMMUNISTS can't cheat, they can't win.
21 posted on 05/24/2014 9:28:42 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: smoothsailing

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Leitman needs to have an unforgettably HORRIBLE day.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 9:30:15 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: smoothsailing
Many German people thought they German judges of the time would put the reins on Hitler--that they still overrule him.

Sound familiar
23 posted on 05/24/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: smoothsailing

I heard that in an earlier election that a white candidate had the same problem as Conyers - he was denied ballot status ...


24 posted on 05/24/2014 9:36:24 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: boop

In the back of my mind, I think this has to do with voters not being registered yet still voting....


25 posted on 05/24/2014 9:37:11 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: smoothsailing
More than 600 petition signatures for Conyers had been deemed invalid by the county clerk, with whom the secretary of State agreed, because they were gathered by people who were not registered in Michigan, required by state law.

"Plaintiffs here have shown a substantial likelihood of success," he wrote, adding, "The State’s interest in combating election fraud is compelling, but the State may protect that interest through a less restrictive means."

Is it really that difficult in Michigan to find registered voters who need a temporary job that might be enticed to circulate petitions?

26 posted on 05/24/2014 9:39:37 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: smoothsailing

I sure hope so


27 posted on 05/24/2014 9:40:26 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: EDINVA
The state should appeal if for no other reason, to establish what the law and the role of the SoS is in MI.

Unfortunately, the states just don't get it. They are no longer states, but mere provinces of the federal government. They can do only what federal judges and federal agencies deem appropriate.

And that will not change until there is a specific constitutional amendment to correct it.

28 posted on 05/24/2014 9:42:53 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: smoothsailing
Conyers has 50 years of complying with the law without problems. He can't argue now that it was unconstitutional all along.

This must be overturned.

-PJ

29 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:42 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: smoothsailing

Have they ever kept anyone off the ballot in the past for invalidated signatures?

Or did they just notice now that they dont want to follow that law?


30 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: smoothsailing

Have they ever kept anyone off the ballot in the past for invalidated signatures?

Or did they just notice now that they dont want to follow that law?


31 posted on 05/24/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: boop

Oh, they could spell it “Kawnyurs” and their votes would be accepted. Look at how Murkowski’s write-in was handled.


32 posted on 05/24/2014 9:54:06 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: righttackle44
Many German people thought they German judges of the time would put the reins on Hitler--that they still overrule him.

Sound familiar?

I'm glad someone else here remembers history and notes the familiar.

America has no clue what has already happened to it.

Normalcy Bias - and we have a fatal case of it.

33 posted on 05/24/2014 9:58:04 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Leaning Right

There will be no redress for the *legitimate* grievances of the *law abiding* people in the courts, nor at the ballot box. Not going to happen.

Internet voting IS coming. Completing the transformation from Republic to corrupt Idiocracy.


34 posted on 05/24/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: smoothsailing; All

Exactly what Rush Limbaugh predicted would happen.

The dems always find a way to CHEAT (a judge willing to overstep his authority), in order to put somebody back in office so they can continue to fleece the public.

I hope somebody appeals this erroneous ruling, and throws Conyers out.


35 posted on 05/24/2014 10:25:31 PM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: boop

To project what they think is power over the states.


36 posted on 05/24/2014 10:59:51 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Leaning Right

Of course, it must be remembered that last election cycle no one liked it when the Republican Party of Virginia stuck by the rules and kept some candidates off the state’s presidential primary ballot because they didn’t have enough valid signatures.


37 posted on 05/24/2014 11:05:05 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Leaning Right
They can do only what federal judges and federal agencies deem appropriate.

Naw, they can bow down to blind, retired Family Court judges too.

38 posted on 05/24/2014 11:29:55 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: smoothsailing

Laws are for little people.


39 posted on 05/25/2014 12:36:04 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: smoothsailing

Rep. John Conyers is a democrat.
Just like they did in New Jersey to illegally allow Lautenberg to run this maggot Conyers will be allowed on the ticket by a judge that should be in jail.


40 posted on 05/25/2014 2:52:22 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: smoothsailing

The corruption of our legal system is now complete.

There are laws for you and laws for “them.”


41 posted on 05/25/2014 4:18:27 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Fee
When one of the Perot supporters complained, one judge reminded him that if you want to be in the big leagues, follow the rules. LOL!!!!

Unless you're name is Torrecelli or Lautenberg. :)

42 posted on 05/25/2014 4:58:32 AM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: KarenMarie
There is no way Conyers should be on that ballot. IMO, the JUDGE needs to be prosecuted for making such a decision. Crazy!
43 posted on 05/25/2014 5:07:39 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Mr. K

Rebublican Congressman Thad McCotter in 2012

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/05/29/rep-mccotter-runs-for-re-election-as-a-write-in/


44 posted on 05/25/2014 7:44:49 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Too Big to Break the law.


45 posted on 05/25/2014 8:02:30 AM PDT by Revel
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To: smoothsailing
The judge noted that he hurried to file the injunction Friday to give all parties time to appeal, if necessary, to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals before the June 6 deadline to certify the ballot.

Bull Sh--! The judge could have just as easily upheld the rule of law and ruled quickly against Conyers This would have given Conyers ample time to appeal. The judge is a liar.

46 posted on 05/25/2014 8:53:53 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: cpdiii

The SOS should just say that the judge wants her to disobey the law and she won’t do it, and call for the judge’s impeachment


47 posted on 05/25/2014 11:52:19 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Revel
As the judge said, because of Conyers' likelihood of success (by hook, crook, ballot-box stuffing, Democrats amok in the district), the state needs to find a less restrictive means to enforce its law than doing the obvious: keeping Conyers off the ballot, says Obama's appointee. Conyers is deemed too important to follow the law. If he can't follow the law, the law needs to be broken to let him win nonetheless, despite his contra-legal ways. It's Lautenberg all over again.

The judge needs to be impeached for not faithfully executing the law.

HF

48 posted on 05/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT by holden
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To: smoothsailing

Conyers probably would win a write-in vote... except most of his constituents don’t know how to write. They only knows the buttons the Massa tells them to push (the ones with the “D” next to them).


49 posted on 05/25/2014 4:23:34 PM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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