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Johnson v. Riley (Voting Rights Act Complaint)

Johnson v. Riley (Voting Rights Act Complaint)

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A Voting Rights Act Sec. 5 case seeking an injunction against Gov. Riley's bingo raids until his change of state law has been precleared by either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
A Voting Rights Act Sec. 5 case seeking an injunction against Gov. Riley's bingo raids until his change of state law has been precleared by either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMAWESTERN DIVISIONWILLIAM JOHNSON, ANNIE PEARLLEFTWICH, BOBBIE MORGAN, DONALDMEANS, ERNEST EDMONDS, FAIRYGORDON, IRIS SERMON, JOHNNY BUTLER,MERJEAN LITTLE, MOSES JONES, VASSIEBROWN, WILLIE MAE REEVES, BEVERLYGORDON, JOHNNY B. MORROW, FANNIEISHMAN, LESLIE CHEATEM, MARGIEJAMES, BOBBY SINGLETON, A. J.MCCAMBELL, JOHNNY FORD, LOUISMAXWELL, MARY RUTH WOODS, LISA M.WARE, CLARA P. GRIMMETT, CHARLESCHAMBLISS, JOHNNIE B. HARRISON, G.DYANN ROBINSON, SHIRLEY W. CURRY,SARAH STRINGER, MILES D. ROBINSON, andWILLIE LEE PATTERSON, individually and onbehalf of others similarly situated,Plaintiffs,v.BOB RILEY, individually and in his officialcapacity as Governor of Alabama, and JOHN M.TYSON, JR., individually and in his officialcapacity as special prosecutor and task forcecommander of the Governor’s Task Force onIllegal Gaming,Defendants.********************Civil Action No.*______________*********
COMPLAINT
FILED
2010 Jul-29 AM 10:55U.S. DISTRICT COURTN.D. OF ALABAMA
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1. This is an action to enjoin violations of Section 5 of the Voting RightsAct of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c; Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1973; the Ku Klux Klan Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3),and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 1973c, 1973j, 1973l, 1983, and 1988,this Court has jurisdiction to afford plaintiffs the judicial relief they seek forviolation of their rights protected by the aforesaid statutory and constitutionalprovisions.2. This action is necessary because defendants Riley and Tyson haveimplemented policies and practices that effectively nullify the votes of the electoralmajorities in Greene and Macon Counties who approved local amendments to theAlabama Constitution establishing lawful regimes in their respective counties forelectronic bingo operations and providing for the method of their enforcement,without first obtaining preclearance of said changes in standards, practices, andprocedures affecting voting, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1973c, and becausedefendants’ “Gambling Task Force” has sent large numbers of state troopers on thehighways and premises of the residents of Greene and Macon Counties for thepurpose of threatening and intimidating plaintiffs, and for the purpose of preventing or hindering the law enforcement authorities established by said local
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state constitutional amendments from giving or securing to all persons withinAlabama the equal protection of the laws, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3).
Venue
3. Venue is proper in this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)(2), becausea substantial part of the events giving rise to these claims has occurred in thisdistrict.
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4. Plaintiff William Johnson is an African-American citizen of the UnitedStates and a registered voter in Greene County. Mr. Johnson is President of theGreene County Commission.5. Plaintiff Annie Pearl Leftwich is an African-American citizen of theUnited States and a registered voter in Greene County.6. Plaintiff Bobbie Morgan is an African-American citizen of the UnitedStates and a registered voter in Greene County. Ms. Morgan is a member of theGreene County Board of Education.7. Plaintiff Donald Means is an African-American citizen of the UnitedStates and a registered voter in Greene County. Mr. Means is a member of theGreene County Commission.8. Plaintiff Ernest Edmonds is an African-American citizen of the United
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