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AZ - 2012-03-05 - Allen v Obama C20121317 - Allen Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

AZ - 2012-03-05 - Allen v Obama C20121317 - Allen Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

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KennethLAllen
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10055EGrayHawkDrTucsonArizona85730
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SuperiorCourtfortheCourtofArizonaPimaCounty
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KennethAllen
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Plaintiff,
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vs.
ArizonaDemocraticPartyonbehalfofBarackObama;BradRNelson;et.al.Defendants
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Introduction
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ComesnowPlaintiffKennethL.AlleninoppositiontoDefendantArizona
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DemocraticParty("theParty")MotiontoDismissonthegroundsthatDefendantcannot
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guaranteetothePlaintiffnorthecitizensofPimaCountythatitwillnotcommitfraudas
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itcertifiesthatcandidateBarackH.Obamaisconstitutionallyeligiblefortheofficeof
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PresidentoftheUnitedStates.Inaddition,PlaintiffobjectstoDefendant'smotionto
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dismissonthegroundsthatPlaintiffhasarighttosubmitthisballotchallengecomplaint,
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hassubmittedameritoriousclaimuponwhichreliefcanbegranted,andthatPlaintiff
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hasservedtheappropriatepartiesinthiscomplaint.Plaintiff'soppositiontoDefendant's
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Motiontodismississupportedbythefollowingargument,points,andlegalauthorities.
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ArgumentinOppositiontoMotiontoDismiss
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Plaintiffhasar.ighttofilethisclaim
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ThePlaintiffhasarighttofilethischallengeundertheFirst,NinthandTenth
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AmendmentstotheU.S.Constitutionandunderfederalcommonlaw.Specificallythe
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FirstAmendmentprovidesfortheprotectionofspeech,religion,andassembly,and
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guaranteestherightofpetitionforredress.ACourt'spolicyofsecrecyinfailingto
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addresslegitimatecitizencomplaintsdeprivesjudicialelectionsofmeaning.VoterscannotknowthestanceagivenJusticehastakenonissuesofconcern,norcantheylearnhoweachJusticehasvotedonpetitionssubmittedbylargecampaigncontributors.AsJusticeOliverWendellHomeswrote,"[11tisofthehighestmomentthatthosewhoadministerjusticeshouldalwaysactunderthesenseofpublicresponsibility,
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andthateverycitizenshouldbeabletosatisfyhimselfwithhisowneyesastothemodeinwhichapublicdutyisperformed."Cowleyv.Pulsifier,137Mass.392,394(1884)
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quotedinNBCSubsidiary,Inc.
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SuperiorCourt,980P.2d337,351n.14(Cal.1999).
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Forthisreason,theFirstAmendmenttotheU.S.constitutioncreatesapresumptionofpublicaccesstojudicialdocumentsandproceedings.SeeRichmondNewspapers,Inc.
v.
Virginia,448U.S.555,564(1980);GlobeNewspaperCompany
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SuperiorCourt,457U.S.596(1982);Press-EnterpriseCompanyv.SuperiorCourtofCalifornia,464U.S.501(1984)("PressEnterpriseI");Press-EnterpriseCompanyv.
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SuperiorCourtofCalifornia,478U.S.1,8(1986)("PressEnterpriseII)."Thefirstamendment'sbroadshieldforfreedomofspeechandofthepressisnotlimitedtotherighttotalkandtoprint.Thevalueoftheserightswouldbecircumscribedwerethosewhowishtodisseminateinformationdeniedaccesstoit,forthefreedomtospeakisof
 
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littlevalueifthereisnothingtosay."InreExpress-NewsCorporation,695F.2d807,808(5
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Gir.1982)."Democraciesdiebehindcloseddoors....Whengovernmentbeginsclosingdoors,itselectivelycontrolsinformationrightfullybelongingtothepeople.The2Cir.2002).FramersoftheFirstAmendment...protectedthepeopleagainstsecretgovernment,"DetroitFreePressv.Ashcroft,_F.3d_,2002WL1972919at*1(6
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ThereasoningofRichmondanditsprogenydemandsthedisclosureofvotesbyelectedjudges,forthepublicgoodservedbytheaccountabilityofelectedofficialscannotbedenied,andnolegitimatestateinterestmilitatesinfavorofhiddenjustice."Thereisapresumptionofpublicaccesstojudicialdecisionsinpartbecausepublicmonitoringofthecourtsisanessentialfeatureofdemocraticcontrolandjudicialaccountability."U.S.v.Salemme,978F.Supp.364,372(D.Mass.1997).EvenBarackObamacannotbejudiciallyexemptfromprovidingproofofhisidentity.AsanAmericanIhaveanabsoluterighttoaskthesehardquestionsofacandidateandtoutilizejudicialforumstoseekredressifthequestionsarenotanswered..InadditiontotheFirstAmendment,federalcommonlawalsoestablishesarightofaccesstojudicialrecords,Nixonv.Warner,435U.S.589,597(1978),which"servestopromotetrustworthinessofthejudicialprocess,tocurbjudicialabuses,andtoprovidethepublicwithamorecompleteunderstandingofthejudicialsystem,includingabetterperceptionofitsfairness."Sec'UritiesandExchangeCommissionv.VanWaeyenberghe,990F..2d845(5
th
Cir.1993),quotingLittlejohnv.BICCorp.,851F.2d673,678(3
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Gir.1988).

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