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Response to MTD

Response to MTD

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 AlaFileE-Notice
To:LAWRENCEDEANJOHNSONohnson_dean@bellsouth.net
03-CV-2012-001053.00
Judge:HON.EUGENEW.REESE
NOTICEOFELECTRONICFILING
INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFMONTGOMERYCOUNTY,ALABAMA
ThefollowingmatterwasFILEDon10/24/20125:19:29PM
HUGHMCINNISHANDVIRGINHGOODEJRVS.BETHCHAPMAN03-CV-2012-001053.00RESPONSETOMOTIONTODISMISSPURSUANTTORULE12(B)
NoticeDate:10/24/20125:19:29PM[Filer:JOHNSONLAWRENCEDEAN]
FLORENCECAUTHENCIRCUITCOURTCLERK
MONTGOMERYCOUNTY,ALABAMA251S.LAWRENCESTREETMONTGOMERY,AL36104334-832-4950
C002 GOODE VIRGIN H JRC001 MCINNISH HUGH
 
IN THECIRCUITCOURTOFMONTGOMERYCOUNTY.ALABAMAHUGHMCINNISH,t.al,)Plaintiffs,
VS.
BETHCHAPMAN,Secretaryf StateDefendant.
Civil ActionNo.:CV-2012-001053
PLAINTIFFS'OPPOSITIONTO DEFENDANT'S MOTIONTO DISMISSPlaintiffsHugh McinnishandVirgil H.Goode, r. by and hroughheir undersignedcounsel, erebyubmithefbllowingoppositionoDefendant'sotion to Dismiss.TNTRODUCTIONPlaintiffsiled suit inorder o request hat his Courtorder he Secretary fState overifythe eligibilityofallpresidentialandidatesorthe2012AlabamaGeneralElectionBallot. On oraboutOctober15,2012 Plaintifffiled a Motion forSummaryJudgment n which Plaintiffssubmitted wornaffidavits hat set orth evidenceemonstratinshat Barack H.Obamars not
'Mr.Obamas not a necessaryartysince hedutyhinges n heSecretaryf State.naddition,Mr. Obama asnoticeof this awsuitandhasnot choseno intervene.
ELECTRONICALLY FILED10/24/2012 5:19 PMCV-2012-001053.00CIRCUIT COURT OFMONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMAFLORENCE CAUTHEN, CLERK
 
eligibleoservesPresidentf theUnitedStates.Exhibit. Defendantileda MotionoDismissndOppositionoPlaintiffsMotionorSummaryudsmentn October8.2012.
ARGUMENTItis clearhatthe SecretaryfStatehasa dutytoverifythe eligibilityofthoseseekingoffice. Thebulkof Defendant'smeritlessargumento thecontrary sthe AlabamaAttorneyGeneral's pinion.Defs.Mo. Dismissat 2. Thisopinionstates,n full:"TheSecretaryof statedoes not havean obligationto evaluateallof thequalificationsof the nomineesofpoliticalpartiesand independentandidatesorstateofficespriorto certifyingsuch nomineesand candidateso theprobatejudgespursuanto sections17-7-l and l7-16-40of theCode of Alabama.f theSecretaryof State has knowledgegainedroman officialsourcearising fromtheperformanceof dutiesprescribedbylaw,that acandidatehas not metacertifyingqualification[suchas a candidate'sfailureto file apublicstatementofEconomicnterestl,the Secretaryof State shouldnot certifythecandidate."AttorneyGeneral'spinionNo. 1998-200Emphasisdded). heattorneyeneral'spinion snot caserecedentindingon thisCourt.Ala. Dep'tof Pub.Safety . Barbour, 5 So.3d 601,609(Ala.Civ.App.2008)citingAndersonv.FayetteCountyBd.of Educ.,738So.2d 854(Ala.1999).Nevertheless,tconstitutes n admissionbyAlabamarschief aw enforcementofficeron behalfof the statehatifthe Secretaryof Statehas knowledgegainedrom an officialsourceabout a candidate'seligibility then she"shouldnot" certify thecandidate. Theexampleited"suchas a candidate'sailureofileapublicstatement f Economic nterest" ssimplydemonstrativef a disqualifuing actorand s not an exhaustiveist.Therequirements f the U.S.Constitution,which isthe supremeawof the and, are alsodisqualifyingactors.ArticleII, Sec. , Cl.5 of the Constitution tates:

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