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Case Name Muntaqim v. Coombe CJ-NY-0005
Docket / Court 9:94-cv-1237(NAM)(GJD) ( N.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
This action is one of two cases filed in federal court that challenged a New York State law that prohibited people from voting because they were incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction. The other case, Hayden v. Pataki [CJ-NY-3], was filed in the Southern District of New York in September ... read more >
This action is one of two cases filed in federal court that challenged a New York State law that prohibited people from voting because they were incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction. The other case, Hayden v. Pataki [CJ-NY-3], was filed in the Southern District of New York in September 2000, while Muntaqim v. Coombe was filed in the Northern District of New York in September 1994.

In Muntaqim, the District Court (Judge Norman A. Mordue) granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment by an order dated January 24, 2001, holding that New York State's felon disenfranchisement scheme was immune from challenges under the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiff appealed and a panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision. Muntaqim v. Coombe, 366 F.3d 102 (2nd Cir. 2004) A petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court was denied. Jalil Abdul Muntaqim v. Coombe, 543 U.S. 978, 125 S.Ct. 480, 160 L.Ed.2d 356 (2004). Plaintiff petitioned the Second Circuit for a rehearing en banc, which was granted Muntaqim v. Coombe, 396 F.3d 95 (2nd Cir. 2004).

The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit consolidated Muntaqim v. Coombe with Hayden v. Pataki [CJ-NY-3]. Both cases presented a common issue: ''whether, on the pleadings, a claim that a New York State statute, Section 5-106 of the New York Election Law, that disenfranchises currently imprisoned felons and parolees results in unlawful vote denial and/or vote dilution can state a claim for violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The en banc Court (Circuit Judge Josie A. Cabrames) held that it could not. Hayden v. Pataki, 449 F.3d 305 (2nd Cir. 2006). The en banc Court expressly did not consider a claim on behalf of plaintiffs who were neither incarcerated nor on parole that their votes were ''diluted'' because of New York's apportionment process, ''which counts incarcerated prisoners as residents of the communities in which they are incarcerated, and has the alleged effect of increasing upstate New York regions' populations at the expense of New York City's.'' The en banc Court remanded Hayden so that the District Court could decide that claim. (See CJ-NY-3 for a summary of further case proceedings in Hayden.)

Simultaneously with the filing of the Hayden opinion, the en banc court de-consolidated Muntaqim and Hayden and entered a judgment vacating the District Court opinion and dismissing Muntaqim's claims for lack of standing. See Muntaqim v. Coombe, 449 F.3d 371 (2d Cir. May 4, 2006) (per curiam ).

Dan Dalton - 11/27/2007


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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York State Department of Correctional Services
Plaintiff Description New York citizens who are of lawful voting age, and who are denied the right to vote because of being incarcerated or on parole, and as a result of a felony conviction
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
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 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing CJ-NY-0003 : Hayden v. Pataki (S.D.N.Y.)
Docket(s)
9:94-cv-01237-NAM-GJD (N.D.N.Y.) 07/14/2006
CJ-NY-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
USCA Opinion 04/23/2004 (366 F.3d 102)
CJ-NY-0005-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
USCA Opinion 10/01/2004 (385 F.3d 795)
CJ-NY-0005-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order re: Petition for Writ of Certiorari 11/08/2004 (125 U.S. 480)
CJ-NY-0005-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Amended Order 12/29/2004 (396 F.3d 95)
CJ-NY-0005-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Brief for Plaintiff-Appellant En Banc 02/01/2005
CJ-NY-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
USCA Order 05/04/2006 (449 F.3d 371)
CJ-NY-0005-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Cabranes, Jose Alberto (FISCR, Second Circuit, D. Conn.)
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Cardamone, Richard J. (Second Circuit)
CJ-NY-0005-0003 | CJ-NY-0005-0005
DiBianco, Gustave Joseph (N.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
CJ-NY-0005-9000
Hall, Peter W. (Second Circuit)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Katzmann, Robert A. (Second Circuit)
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Meskill, Thomas Joseph (Second Circuit)
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Mordue, Norman A. (N.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0005-9000
Parker, Barrington Daniels Jr. (S.D.N.Y., Second Circuit)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Pooler, Rosemary S. (Second Circuit, N.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Raggi, Reena (Second Circuit, E.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Sotomayor, Sonia (SCOTUS, Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Straub, Chester J. (Second Circuit)
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Walker, John Mercer Jr. (Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Wesley, Richard C. (State Trial Court, State Appellate Court, Second Circuit)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bianco, William A. (Colorado)
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Coll, J. Peter Jr. (New York)
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Cutler, Joshua M. (New York)
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Jones, Cleo A. (New York)
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Miller, Gale T. (Colorado)
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Myslinski, Tara J. (New York)
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Rauchway, Jonathan W. (New York)
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Defendant's Lawyers Aronowitz, Michelle M. (District of Columbia)
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Dearing, Richard (New York)
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Freshour, Richard J. (New York)
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Gutman, Benjamin (New York)
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Halligan, Caitlin J. (New York)
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Klass, Gregory (New York)
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Schiff, Peter H. (New York)
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Sheridan, Julie M. (New York)
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Spitzer, Eliot (New York)
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Other Lawyers Abbott, Greg (Texas)
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Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
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Allen, Jessie (New York)
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Barbur, Peter T. (New York)
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Barry, Kim (New York)
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Bloom, Robert (New York)
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Borden, Charles E. (New York)
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Bradshaw, Sheldon T. (District of Columbia)
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Burbach, Edward Donald (Texas)
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Carter, Zachary W. (New York)
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Chambers, Julius LeVonne (New York)
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Ciccolo, Angela (Maryland)
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Coleman–Davis, Veronica F. (New York)
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Cooper, Charles Justin (District of Columbia)
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Cruz, R. Ted (Texas)
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Danetz, Lisa J (Massachusetts)
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Douglas, Derek R.B. (New York)
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Earls, Anita S. (North Carolina)
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Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)
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Estrada, Danielle M. (New York)
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Flynn, David K. (District of Columbia)
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Foreman, Michael L. (District of Columbia)
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Garber, Mitchell S. (New York)
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Goldberg, Deborah A. (New York)
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Goldman, Jonah H. (District of Columbia)
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Goode, Victor L. (Maryland)
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Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)
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Hacker, Jonathon D. (New York)
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Hammack, Scott M. (New York)
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Henderson, Alma C. (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Johnson-Blanco, Marcia (District of Columbia)
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Lassar, Scott (New York)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Lustberg, Lawrence S. (New Jersey)
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Marks, Leonard (New York)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
McBee, Barry Ross (Texas)
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McDonald, Laughlin (Georgia)
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McKnight, Cynthia M. (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Mincberg, Elliot M. (District of Columbia)
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Northup, Nancy (New York)
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Salmons, David B. (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Schechtman, Paul (New York)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Schmitt, Joanna (New York)
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Shapiro, Steven R. (New York)
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Smith, Grasford W. (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Stowe, Matthew F. (Texas)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Strugar, Matthew D. (New York)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Tarson, Derek Sherman (New York)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Thompson, David H. (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
White, David Hugh (District of Columbia)
CJ-NY-0005-0003
Wright, Brenda (Massachusetts)
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