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2014-01-29 ECF 27-1 9th Cir. - Grinols v Electoral College Et Al - Answering Brief of CA Defendants-Appellees

2014-01-29 ECF 27-1 9th Cir. - Grinols v Electoral College Et Al - Answering Brief of CA Defendants-Appellees

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01/29/2014 27 0 Submitted (ECF) Answering Brief and supplemental excerpts of record for review. Submitted by Appellees Governor of California and Secretary of State of California. Date of service: 01/29/2014. [8958410] (GMW)
01/29/2014 27 0 Submitted (ECF) Answering Brief and supplemental excerpts of record for review. Submitted by Appellees Governor of California and Secretary of State of California. Date of service: 01/29/2014. [8958410] (GMW)

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13-16359 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
JAMES GRINOLS. EDWARD NOONAN, THOMAS MACLERAN, ROBERT ODDEN, KEITH JUDD, ORLY TAITZ,
Appellants,
v. ELECTORAL COLLEGE, U.S. CONGRESS, GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, SECRETARY OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA, BARACK OBAMA,
Appellees. On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California  No. 12-CV-02997 The Honorable Morrison C. England, Judge
ANSWERING BRIEF OF THE CALIFORNIA DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES
AMALA
D.
 
H
ARRIS
 Attorney General of California D
OUGLAS
J.
 
W
OODS
 Senior Assistant Attorney General M
ARK
R.
 
B
ECKINGTON
 Supervising Deputy Attorney General G
EORGE
W
ATERS
 Deputy Attorney General State Bar No. 88295 1300 I Street, Suite 125 P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550 Telephone: (916) 323-8050 Fax: (916) 324-8835 Email: George.Waters@doj.ca.gov
 Attorneys for Appellees Edmund G.  Brown Jr., Governor of California, and  Debra Bowen, Secretary of State of California
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
i Introduction .................................................................................................... 1 Statement of Jurisdiction ............................................................................... 3 Issues Presented ............................................................................................. 3 Statement of the Case .................................................................................... 3 I. Statement of facts ...................................................................... 3 A. The 2012 presidential election in California .................. 4 B. California’s presidential electors cast their Electoral College votes on December 17, 2012. ............ 4 II. Proceedings below .................................................................... 6 Standard of Review ...................................................................................... 10 Summary of Argument ................................................................................ 11 Argument ..................................................................................................... 12 I. Plaintiffs’ claims involving President Obama’s eligibility for office are moot ................................................................... 12 II. Plaintiffs’ claims involving President Obama’s eligibility for office present a nonjusticiable political question .............. 18 III. The district court did not abuse its discretion by declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over plaintiffs’ state law claims of allegedly invalid voter registrations ................. 22 Conclusion ................................................................................................... 26 Statement of Related Cases .......................................................................... 27
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES Page
ii
C
ASES
 
 Aetna Life Ins. Co. of Hartford, Conn. v. Haworth
 300 U.S. 227 (1937)............................................................... 14, 15, 17
 Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn
  ___ U.S. ___, 131 S.Ct. 1436 (2011) ................................................ 12
 Ashcroft v. Iqbal 
 556 U.S. 662 (2009)........................................................................... 11
 Baker v. Carr 
 369 U.S. 186 (1962)....................................................................... 2, 18
 Balistieri v. Pacifica Police Dep’t 
 901 F.2d 696 (9th Cir. 1990) ............................................................. 25
 Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly
 550 U.S. 544 (2007)..................................................................... 11, 23
 Bush v. Gore
 531 U.S. 98 (2000) ....................................................................... 24, 25
Center For Biological Diversity v. Lohn
 511 F.3d 960 (9th Cir. 2007) ............................................................. 15
Chafin v. Chafin
  ___ U.S.___, 133 S.Ct. 1017 (2013) ................................................. 13
Charfauros v. Board of Elections
 249 F.3d 941 (9th Cir. 2001) ............................................................. 25
Church of Scientology of California v. United States
 506 U.S. 9 (1992) ........................................................................... 2, 13
Cleaver v. Jordan
 393 U.S. 810 (1968)........................................................................... 20
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