Statement by attorneys for plaintiffs Johnson v. Riley - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Statement by attorneys for plaintiffs Johnson v. Riley

PRESS RELEASE

On August 2, 2010, the citizens and elected officials in Greene and Macon County who filed a class action suit against Governor Riley and John Tyson have now filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the federal district court to enforce the Plaintiffs' voting rights and to enjoin Governor Riley and John Tyson from continuing to violate those rights.

The force and effect of Amendment 744 and the Macon County Sheriff's regulations have been recognized in an opinion by the Alabama Supreme Court and two separate federal district court decisions. Likewise, Governor Riley has admitted that his appointment of a task force and its commander are changes in actual practices that have been in effect for years. There is no dispute that those changes have not received preclearance under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Governor Riley and John Tyson are not above the law. Whether Governor Riley and John Tyson are right or wrong about the legality of electronic bingo, federal law prohibits them from implementing their novel, non-judicial law enforcement practices before they have been precleared under the Voting Rights Act.

In their Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Plaintiffs have asked for the appointment of a three-judge panel to hear Plaintiffs' claims and they have asked the federal court to enjoin Riley and Tyson from continuing the Task Force's unauthorized activities and to prevent any further illegal police raids in Greene and Macon County.

The citizens of Greene and Macon County continue to suffer while Governor Riley and John Tyson continue their threats. No matter what Riley and Tyson would have you believe, this is a case about lost jobs, lost health benefits, lost scholarships, lost school revenues, and most importantly, lost votes and lost voices. The voters in Greene and Macon County spoke loud and clear when they enacted Amendments 743 and 744. Riley and Tyson have refused to listen. Today, the citizens of Greene and Macon County ask the federal court to uphold their votes and restore their voices.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:44:11 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:25:38 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>
  • Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:24:14 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly