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RNC-V-DNC Lawsuit Voter Fraud

RNC-V-DNC Lawsuit Voter Fraud

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PRECEDENTIALUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT _____________  No. 09-4615 _____________ DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE; NEW JERSEY DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE;VIRGINIA L. FEGGINS; LYNETTE MONROEv.REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE; NEW JERSEY REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE;ALEX HURTADO; RONALD C. KAUFMAN; JOHNKELLYRepublican National Committee,Appellant ______________ APPEAL FROM THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY(D.C. Civ. Action No. 2-81-cv-03876)District Judge: Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise ______________ Argued on December 13, 2010 ______________ 
 
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Before: SLOVITER, GREENAWAY, JR., andSTAPLETON,
Circuit Judges
.(Opinion Filed: March 8, 2012) ______________ John W. BartlettAngelo J. Genova (argued)Rajiv D. ParikhGenova Burns494 Broad Street6th Floor  Newark, NJ 07102
Counsel for Appellee, Democratic National Committee
Bobby R. Burchfield (argued)Jason A. LevineVinson & Elkins2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Suite 500 WestWashington, DC 20037
Counsel for Appellant, Republican National Committee
James R. Troupis7609 Elmwood AvenueMiddleton, WI 53562
Counsel for Amicus Appellant, Republican Party of Wisconsin
 
 
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Karl S. Bowers, Jr.Hall & Bowers1329 Blanding StreetColumbia, SC 29201
Counsel for Amici Appellants, Karl S. Bowers, Jr., Asheegh Agarwal, Esq., Roger Clegg, Esq., Robert N. Driscoll, Eric Eversole and  Hans A. Von Spakovsky
 ______________ OPINION ______________ GREENAWAY, JR.,
Circuit Judge
.In 1982, the Republican National Committee (“RNC”)and the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) enteredinto a consent decree (the “Decree” or “Consent Decree”),which is national in scope, limiting the RNC’s ability toengage or assist in voter fraud prevention unless the RNCobtains the court’s approval in advance. The RNC appealsfrom a judgment of the United States District Court for theDistrict of New Jersey denying, in par t,the RNC’s Motion toVacate or Modify the Consent Decree.
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Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise, a United States DistrictJudge, has presided over all district court proceedingsregarding the Consent Decree at issue in this case, beginningwith the 1981 lawsuit through the Motion to Vacate in 2009.
 
Although the DistrictCourt declined to vacate the Decree, it did makemodifications to the Decree. The RNC argues that theDistrict Court abused its discretion by modifying the Decree

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