On Friday, February 22, 2013, at 9:30 AM, United States District Judge John Gibney will hear oral arguments on the restoration of rights lawsuit brought by civil and Human Rights Activist, Sa’ad El-Amin. The hearing will be conducted in Judge Gibney’s courtroom located in the Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse, 701 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The upcoming hearing was rescheduled from February 1, 2013 on the Judge's Order.
Excerpts from ColorLines.com: A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws: As Virginia tried to patch together new versions of its state constitution from 1867 into the new century, it undoubtedly added amendments that robbed African Americans of their voting rights.
As the plaintiff in a law suit I filed in the United States District Court challenging the disenfranchisement of persons convicted of felonies in Virginia, in which Governor McDonnell is the principal defendant, I feel compelled to comment on McDonnell’s recent request to the General Assembly to pass legislation for automatic restoration of the voting rights of persons convicted of nonviolent felonies.District Court Judge John Gibney has scheduled to hear oral arguments on this case on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM.
Excerpts from A whitepaper by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Firmly rooted in the nation’s most insidious elements of race relations, felony disenfranchisement is this country’s enduring nod to Jim Crow— a continued bridge between states intentional circumvention of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments and the goal of preventing accrual of political power in the black community.
The lawsuit that I filed yesterday in United States District Court here in Richmond challenging the disenfranchisement of persons convicted of felonies from the right to vote and hold office, is dedicated to the late Senator Yvonne B. Miller who died on July 3, 2012.
On July 24, 2012, Saad El-Amin filed a lawsuit asking the federal court in Richmond, Virginia to rule that Virginia's disenfranchisement law pertaining to ex-felons is unconstitutional. This web site chronicles the court filings filed by Saad El-Amin, the plainstiff, and the Commonwealth of Virginia defendents.