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Simpson v. Thurston

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
23-138 E.D. Ark. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the district court erred in finding that the plaintiffs failed to allege facts that state a claim under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the 15th Amendment, or Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act; (2) whether, under Section 2, the district court erred in requiring that the plaintiffs allege facts that created a plausible inference that the intent, rather than the effect, of the Arkansas General Assembly's redistricting legislation was necessary to be pled in order to state a claim; and (3) whether plaintiffs, in a case solely challenging the “cracking” of Black voters from a larger Black community in their historic congressional district into two other districts, thereby diluting the voting strength of that Black community, must allege and prove the three prongs of this court’s decision in Thornburg v. Gingles.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Aug 11 2023Statement as to jurisdiction filed. (Response due September 14, 2023)
Aug 23 2023Waiver of right of appellee John Thurston, in His Official Capacity as the Arkansas Secretary of State to respond filed.
Aug 30 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/26/2023.
Aug 31 2023Response Requested. (Due October 2, 2023)
Sep 06 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 2, 2023 to November 1, 2023, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 07 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 1, 2023.
Sep 08 2023Response to motion to extend the time to file a response from appellant filed. (Received September 12, 2023)