Case No.

1120465

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA

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HUGH HCINNISH, et a l Appellants
V.
MAY 1 4 2013

BETH CHAPMAN, SECRETARY OF STATE, et a l . Appellees.

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY CV 2012-1053 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS BRIEF

Comes now t h e United States Justice Foundation and, pursuant t o A l a . R. App. P. 29, moves t h e C o u r t f o r l e a v e t o f i l e an amicus b r i e f i n t h e a b o v e - s t y l e d c a s e . I n s u p p o r t o f s a i d motion, t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s J u s t i c e Foundation follows: 1. The i s s u e o f whether t h e S e c r e t a r y o f S t a t e has t h e s t a t e s as

duty and r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o i n v e s t i g a t e and v e r i f y e l i g i b i l i t y o f c a n d i d a t e s s e e k i n g t o have t h e i r names p l a c e d on t h e b a l l o t regardless of party a f f i l i a t i o n , i s o f g r e a t c o n c e r n t o Amicus,

because, i f d e t e r m i n a t i o n s o f t h e e l i g i b i l i t y o f c a n d i d a t e s f o r
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the o f f i c e o f P r e s i d e n t o f t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s a r e l e f t t o political c a n d i d a t e s , and/or t o t h e p o l i t i c a l parties, then this

w i l l l e a d t o c a n d i d a t e s who c l e a r l y f a i l t o meet t h e requirements of e l i g i b i l i t y , being e l e c t e d t o o f f i c e simply

because o f t h e i r p o p u l a r i t y . As a r e s u l t , t h e r e needs t o be a c l e a r d e t e r m i n a t i o n as t o t h e d u t i e s o f t h e S e c r e t a r y o f S t a t e w i t h regards t o p l a c i n g names on t h e b a l l o t . Wherefore, t h e proposed amicus curiae respectfully moves

the Court f o r an o r d e r a l l o w i n g i t t o f i l e an amicus b r i e f i n t h i s m a t t e r i n support o f t h e A p p e l l a n t . May 14, 2013. Respectfully Submitted,

UNITED STATES JUSTICE FOUNDATION 932 D S t r e e t , S t e . 2 Ramona, C a l i f o r n i a 92065 T e l : (760) 788-6624 Fax: (760) 788-6414 Email: nathan@usjfmail.net C o u n s e l f o r proposed Amicus United States Justice Foundation
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby c e r t i f y t h a t I am an employee o f the U n i t e d S t a t e s J u s t i c e Foundation, 932 D S t r e e t , S u i t e 3, Ramona, CA 92065; t h a t I am of such age and d i s c r e t i o n t o be competent t o serve papers; and t h a t on the 14th day o f May, 2013, I served c o p i e s of the f o r e g o i n g w i t h the C l e r k o f the Supreme Court and a l l counsel i n t h i s matter by p l a c i n g the f o r e g o i n g i n a s e a l e d envelope w i t h c e r t i f i e d postage thereon f u l l y p r e p a i d , i n the United States m a i l a t Ramona, C a l i f o r n i a , addressed as s e t f o r t h below: L. Dean Johnson L, Dean Johnson, P.C. 4030 Balmoral Dr., S u i t e B H u n t s v i l l e , AL 35801 L a r r y Klayman Klayman Law Firm 2020 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20006 Hon. Luther Strange Margaret L. Fleming James W. Davis Laura E. Howell Attorney General of Alabama 501 Washington S t r e e t Montgomery, AL 36130 Thomas A. Woodall SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. 2311 Highland Avenue South Post O f f i c e Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727

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