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Simon v. DeWine II

Last Updated Jul 1, 2024
Case No. 4:22-cv-00612 (N.D. Ohio); No. 23-3910 (6th Cir.)
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A federal court challenge to the congressional plan as violating section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and effectuating intentional racial discrimination.

On Oct. 12, 2023, the trial court dismissed the case; on Apr. 9, 2024, the Sixth Circuit reversed that decision on appeal, and ordered the constitution of a 3-judge court to hear the claims.

On July 1, 2024, the 3-judge trial court again dismissed the case, finding that the plaintiffs had not alleged that they could constitute a majority in a reaosnably sized district (and therefore could not succeed under the VRA), and that they had not alleged sufficient facts to establish intentional racial discrimination.

History

Case filings, starting with most recent court
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Complaint (incl. exhs.) Apr 15, 2022
Document icon Motion for class cert. Apr 15, 2022
Document icon Motion for TRO (incl. exhs.) Apr 15, 2022
Document icon State's opposition (incl. exhs.) May 4, 2022
Document icon Comm'n opposition May 11, 2022
Document icon Reply May 20, 2022
Document icon State's motion to dismiss (incl. exhs.) May 4, 2022
Document icon Opposition May 20, 2022
Document icon Reply Jun 3, 2022
Document icon Comm'n motion to dismiss May 11, 2022
Document icon Opposition May 24, 2022
Document icon Magistrate's recommendation Sep 12, 2023
Document icon Plaintiffs' objections Sep 27, 2023
Document icon State's response Oct 10, 2023
Highlighted document Document icon Order dismissing case Oct 12, 2023
Document icon Notice of appeal Nov 8, 2023
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Plaintiffs' brief Dec 26, 2023
Document icon Response Jan 25, 2024
Document icon Reply Mar 14, 2024
Highlighted document Document icon Opinion reversing trial ct. Apr 9, 2024
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Briefing order May 10, 2024
Document icon Plaintiffs' response May 14, 2024
Document icon State's response May 15, 2024
Document icon Comm'n response May 15, 2024
Document icon Plaintiffs' brief re election dates May 17, 2024
Document icon Motion to dismiss May 17, 2024
Document icon Opposition May 20, 2024
Highlighted document Document icon Opinion dismissing case Jul 1, 2024
Document icon Motion for TRO (incl. exhs.) May 7, 2024
Document icon Opposition (incl. exhs.) May 17, 2024
Document icon Reply May 20, 2024
Highlighted document Document icon Opinion denying injunction Jul 1, 2024

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