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"Supreme Court's Arizona immigration law ruling could impact Alabama"
The Birmingham Business Journal reported: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's law targeting illegal immigration could have serious implications for Alabama's version of the law that both supporters and opponents say is even tougher than the Arizona's 2010 law.
In a split decision announced Monday, the court struck down most of Arizona's strict law, but upheld a key provision allowing police to question and briefly detain immigrants they believe to be in the country illegally. ...
The 11th Circuit Court, which is hearing challenges to the Alabama law, had delayed its final ruling until after the high court’s decision on the Arizona law.
According to Birmingham civil rights attorney Edward Still, the court could ask for additional briefings from each side to determine whether Alabama’s law is the same or different from Arizona’s.
“Or they could say, ‘Well, the Alabama statute, in this particular case, is verbatim the same as the provisions that were struck down in Arizona; and therefore, we’ll just apply that,’” he said. -- Read the whole article on the Business Journal site.
Speaking on Alabama Election Law
Edward Still spoke to the Alabama Education Association 2010 Professional Rights and Responsibilities Conference on 10 April 2010 on "Election Law Issues."
Baltimore Daily Record quotes Still in campaign-finance article
The Baltimore Daily Record reported on a Baltimore County Councilman who reached a plea bargain on campaign-finance charges arising out of a $2,000 loan to the candidate from his campaign and reimbursing himself for $300 in expenses without a receipt showing the money was spent.
Danny Jacobs, the Record's reporter on the story, call Edward Still and several others for comments on the case.
The complete article is attached.
Edward Still to speak at "Current Developments in Employment Law" program
ALI-ABA will be holding its annual program, "Current Developments in Employment Law," 23-25 July 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I will be on a panel each of the three days. I have attached a copy of the brochure for the program. If you practice employment law, I hope you will attend.
Birmingham News quotes Edward Still on voting-rights controversy
The Birmingham News sought out Edward Still for his reaction to Gov. Bob Riley's recent amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case. The News sets up the Governor's premise this way:
The section of the Voting Rights Act that requires Alabama to get federal approval for election-related changes is an unnecessary burden on a state that no longer needs supervision from Washington to ensure fair voting, Gov. Bob Riley contends in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Later in the article,
Birmingham lawyer Ed Still, an advocate of the Voting Rights Act, said Riley's submission to the justices doesn't address whether the extension of the law is constitutional.
"This is just part of a campaign that Riley has had for a while now - he and his attorneys general, trying to cripple the Voting Rights Act any way they could. This is a whine," Still said Tuesday. "I suspect this is the governor's way of providing some war stories to the conservative justices who want to strike down Section 5."
The whole article is here.
Birmingham News article on proposed sewer referendum quotes Ed Still
The Birmingham News has published an article quoting Edward Still on the legality of holding an advisory referendum on the sewer bond crisis. Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King has asked the state attorney general if it is legal to hold an advisory referendum.
The Birmingham News called Ed Still and asked his opinion.
Ed Still, a Birmingham lawyer who specializes in voting law, said Jefferson County's advisory vote "should not go forward unless they make sure it's legal to hold this referendum."
"Absent some odd decision from a court, I think the county is just foreclosed from holding this referendum. Somebody will bring a lawsuit," he said.
Some voters may also be confused about the complexity of the questions, Still said.
"There are some questions in there that looks like graduate school work to me," he said. "It uses words that are not in the vocabulary of everyday people."
Speaking on USERRA
Edward Still and Kathryn Piscitelli will be giving a presentation on "Trying a USERRA Case" at the annual meeting of the National Employment Lawyers Association in Atlanta, GA, 26-28 June 2008.
On a panel at "Working in the Public Interest" Conference
On 30 and 31 March, I will be a member of a panel discussing felon disfranchisement on the University of Georgia School of Law Conference on Working in the Public Interest. The Conference organizers describe it this way:
Entirely student organized, WIPI seeks to bring together eminent practitioners in their respective fields, students, and faculty to discuss practical approaches to lawyering which can best serve the poor. Practical methods of challenging poverty are often not covered in traditional law school courses. This conference seeks to remedy that and provide dynamic, creative ways to combat poverty through the vehicle of the law.
For more information about the Conference, including the schedule of panels, go to the WIPI site.
New Jersey newspaper quotes Ed Still on Hatch Act's effect
The Asbury Park Press reports: New fundraising restrictions on Monmouth County GOP Chairman Adam Puharic have led prominent Republicans to question whether Puharic can continue leading the party. ...
Puharic said his duties as GOP chairman have been altered because of his new job as a federal employee. Puharic began work last week as a public affairs officer at the Newark office of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His salary is $91,700.
Because of the federal Hatch Act — which spells out permitted and prohibited political activity of executive branch em-ployees of the federal government — Puharic said he is no longer directly participating in fundraising for the party. ...
The new arrangement could be problematic for Puharic, according to Edward Still, an Alabama elections attorney who maintains a Web site and blog called Votelaw.
"This will mean that if he even signs a fundraising letter or puts his name on fundraising material, that can be considered soliciting under the Hatch Act," Still said. "There's going to be a whole range of things he can't do. He's sort of going to become half a chairman." -- APP.COM - GOP split on whether chairman should resign | Asbury Park Press Online
Commentary on absentee voting by our overseas citizens
My commentary on the bill that would set up a special method for overseas voters to cast a runoff ballot was published by the Birmingham News last Sunday. A complete copy of the piece is here.
Birmingham News publishes commentary on Gooden case
The Birmingham News has published a commentary by my co-counsel, Ryan Paul Haygood, on our Gooden v. Worley case. Ryan discusses the background of Mr. Gooden's case and what we are seeking. He notes that Secretary of State Nancy Worley is "is flouting Alabama's constitution and laws by advising county registrars throughout Alabama to refuse to register" people like Gooden who have been convicted of crimes that the Alabama Constitution does not list as disfranchising.
For a complete copy of the editorial commentary, click here.
Edward Still quoted by the Orlando Sentinel on campaign finance
In a story entitled "Campaign says Harris won't turn to inheritance," the Orlando Sentinel quotes Edward Still on the confusion surrounding Katherine Harris' changed story about where she will get the money to run her campaign for U.S. Senate.
The paper reports:
In an effort to jump-start her sputtering Senate campaign, Rep. Katherine Harris went on national television invoking the memory of her late father and saying the money he left her will form the financial foundation of her challenge to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Now the Harris campaign says that's not the case.
Campaign spokeswoman Morgan Dobbs said Thursday that Harris will sell her existing assets rather than rely on money from her father, a bank executive who died in January.
In trying to understand why Harris might change the source of the campaign funds from her inheritance to her other property, the Sentinel reporter called Edward Still:
Ed Still, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who specializes in voting law and campaign-finance law, said he was unaware of any legal reason that might prompt Harris to use existing assets rather than inheritance money.
The attorney, who maintains an election law Web site, said, "As long as the money's hers, it doesn't matter whether she earned it or it was left to her." Still said it may be that the estate money will take time to make its way through the court.
A one-page version of the story is here.