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Case Name Hamilton v. Ashland County Board of Elections JI-OH-0007
Docket / Court 1:08-cv-02546-DCN ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On October 27, 2008, several first-time voters who were removed from voting rolls because they were incarcerated at the time of the election brought suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Ashland County Board of Election alleging violations of their due ... read more >
On October 27, 2008, several first-time voters who were removed from voting rolls because they were incarcerated at the time of the election brought suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Ashland County Board of Election alleging violations of their due process and equal protection rights, as well as under state law for voter's registration. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that the county violated state and federal law by removing them from the voting registration list without adequate procedure. The plaintiffs amended the complaint 2 days later to include an action under the First Amendment right to free speech.

On October 31, 2008, the Court (Hon. Donald C. Nugent) denied plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order, and dismissed their suit. The Court denied the plaintiffs' motion to stay pending appeal. On November 4, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed the District Court's decisions regarding the federal claims, but reversed the lower court's decision regarding the state claim. The Court of Appeals dismissed the case to allow the plaintiffs would be able to quickly file a suit in state court, before they would run out of time to vote in the election.

The plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit in state court, but the Court (Ronald P. Forsthoefel) dismissed plaintiffs' action. There is no information explaining the dismissal.

Maurice Youkanna - 06/14/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Juveniles
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Ashland County Board of Elections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are juvenile detainees, 18 years or older and who registered to vote at least 30 days before an election.
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 2008
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:08-cv-02546-dcn (N.D. Ohio) 11/25/2008
JI-OH-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
08-CIV-495 (State Trial Court) 01/08/2009
JI-OH-0007-9001.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Complaint 10/27/2008
JI-OH-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order 10/28/2008
JI-OH-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 10/29/2008
JI-OH-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (denying motion for temporary restraining order and dismissing first amended complaint) 10/31/2008 (N.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 10/31/2008 (N.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/03/2008 (320 Fed.Appx. 307)
JI-OH-0007-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Nugent, Donald C. (N.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0003 | JI-OH-0007-0004 | JI-OH-0007-9000
Steeh, George Caram III (E.D. Mich.)
JI-OH-0007-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Jackson, Angelina N. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000 | JI-OH-0007-9001
JohnsonGrove, Stephen A. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0001 | JI-OH-0007-0002 | JI-OH-0007-0005 | JI-OH-0007-9000
Singleton, David A. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0001 | JI-OH-0007-0002 | JI-OH-0007-0005 | JI-OH-0007-9000 | JI-OH-0007-9001
Slagle, Marguerite J. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-0001 | JI-OH-0007-0002 | JI-OH-0007-0005 | JI-OH-0007-9000 | JI-OH-0007-9001
Wall, Robert Joseph (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Carwile, Tiffany L. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Chin, Pearl M. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Coglianese, Richard N. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Donatini, Michael D. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Landes, Mark David (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Stankunas, Jeffrey A. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9000
Tunnell, Christopher R (Ohio)
JI-OH-0007-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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