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.,
.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.
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