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Brief for Appellant (Stamped) Davis v. Guam

Brief for Appellant (Stamped) Davis v. Guam

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Brief for Arnold Davis in Davis v. Guam before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brief for Arnold Davis in Davis v. Guam before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  No. 13-15199 _________________________ 
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
 _________________________ ARNOLD DAVIS,individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated,
 Plaintiff-Appellant 
,
v.
GUAM, GUAM ELECTION COMMISSION, ALICE M. TAIJERON,MARTHA C. RUTH, JOSEPH F. MESA, JOHNNY P. TAITANO,JOSHUA F. RENORIO, DONALD I. WEAKLEY, andLEONARDO M. RAPADAS,
 Defendants-Appellees
. _________________________ On Appeal from the District Court of Guam _________________________ 
BRIEF FOR APPELLANT
 _________________________ Michael E. RosmanC
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 Isla Plaza, Suite 102388 South Marine Corps DriveTamuning, GU 96913Telephone: (671) 647-1200Douglas R. Cox
Counsel of Record 
Scott P. MartinMarisa C. Maleck G
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LLP1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036Telephone: (202) 955-8500J. Christian AdamsE
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,
 
PLLC300 N. Washington Street, Suite 405Alexandria, VA 22314Telephone: (703) 963-8611
Counsel for Appellant 
Case: 13-15199 09/03/2013 ID: 8767023 DktEntry: 20 Page: 1 of 56
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
iINTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 1
 
STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION.......................................................................... 2
 
STATEMENT OF THE ISSUES............................................................................... 3
 
STATEMENT OF THE CASE .................................................................................. 3
 
STATEMENT OF FACTS ........................................................................................ 5
 
A.
 
The Chamorros ............................................................................ 5
 
B.
 
Guam’s Plebiscite Law ............................................................... 8
 
C.
 
Mr. Davis’s Complaint .............................................................. 12
 
D.
 
The District Court’s Opinion ................................................... 15
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ............................................................................... 16
 
STANDARD OF REVIEW ..................................................................................... 18
 
 
ARGUMENT ........................................................................................................... 18
 
I.
 
Mr. Davis Has Article III Standing And His Claims Are Ripe ......... 18
 
A.
 
Mr. Davis Has Alleged An Injury Sufficient To EnjoinGuam From Limiting The Right To Vote To “NativeInhabitants” ............................................................................... 19
 
B.
 
Mr. Davis’s Challenge To The “Native Inhabitant”Classification Is Ripe ................................................................ 29
 
II.
 
Guam’s Voting Restriction Is Unconstitutional And ViolatesFederal Statutory Law ......................................................................... 33
 
A.
 
Guam’s Voting Restriction Violates The FifteenthAmendment ............................................................................... 33
 
B.
 
Guam’s Voting Restriction Violates The FourteenthAmendment ............................................................................... 39
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
(
continued 
)
 Page
iiC.
 
Guam’s Voting Restriction Violates 42 U.S.C. § 1971And The Organic Act ................................................................ 43
 
CONCLUSION ...................................................................................................... 455
 
STATEMENT OF RELATED CASES ................................................................. 455
 
Case: 13-15199 09/03/2013 ID: 8767023 DktEntry: 20 Page: 3 of 56

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