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Case Name Gooden v. Worley CJ-AL-0003
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-02562-WMA ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
This case is a companion suit to the state court case, Gooden v. Hunter [CJ-AL-4]. In this action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the NAACP challenged the practice of the Alabama Secretary of State and state voter registrars refusing to register to vote those ... read more >
This case is a companion suit to the state court case, Gooden v. Hunter [CJ-AL-4]. In this action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the NAACP challenged the practice of the Alabama Secretary of State and state voter registrars refusing to register to vote those people with felony convictions not involving moral turpitude, unless they received a "Certificate of Eligibility" pursuant to Ala. Code § 15-22-36.1.

Plaintiff alleged the practice and law violated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c. Plaintiff requested that their claims be heard by a three-judge panel and be declared unconstitutional.

On May 26, 2006, the three judge panel of the District Court (Judge Charles R. Wilson, Judge William M. Acker Jr. and Judge C. Lynwood Smith) denied plaintiff's request for declaratory relief and granted the defendants' motions for summary judgment. Costs were taxed against the plaintiff and the case was dismissed.

Dan Dalton - 11/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Voting Rights Act, unspecified, 42 U.S.C § 1973 et seq.
Defendant(s) Alabama Secretary of State
Houston County Voter Registrars
Jefferson County Voter Registrar
Plaintiff Description U.S. citizens who have been denied the right to vote in Alabama because of their felony convictions
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing CJ-AL-0004 : Gooden v. Hunter (State Court)
Additional Resources
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Links Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
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Docket(s)
2:05-cv-02562-WMA (N.D. Ala.) 05/26/2006
CJ-AL-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Three-Judge Court Requested 12/19/2005
CJ-AL-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Plaintiffs' Section 5 Enforcement Action Brief 04/07/2006
CJ-AL-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Order 05/26/2006 (N.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Acker, William Marsh Jr. (N.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0003-0003 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Smith, Charles Lynwood Jr. (N.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0003-0003
Wilson, Charles R. (M.D. Fla., Eleventh Circuit) [Magistrate]
CJ-AL-0003-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adegbile, Debo Patrick (New York)
CJ-AL-0003-0001
Chachkin, Norman J. (New York)
CJ-AL-0003-0001 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Haygood, Ryan Paul (New York)
CJ-AL-0003-0001 | CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Shaw, Theodore M. (New York)
CJ-AL-0003-0001
Still, Edward (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0001 | CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Fleming, Margaret L. (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Harmon, Bart Gregory (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Lawson, Theodore A III (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Park, John J. Jr. (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Sewell, Jeffrey M. (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Sherrer, Gary Clayborn (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-9000
Webb, Kendrick E. (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0003-0002 | CJ-AL-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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