07-21 ) CRAWFORD, WILLIAM, ET AL. V. MARION CTY. ELECTION BD., ET AL. )
07-25 ) IN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, ET AL. V. ROKITA, IN SEC. OF STATE, ET AL. The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. The brief of petitioners is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 2 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2007. The brief of respondents is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 2 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2007. A reply brief, if any, is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2007. Briefs of amici curiae are to be filed with the Clerk and served upon counsel for the parties on or before 2 p.m., 7 days after the brief for the party supported is filed, or if in support of neither party, within 7 days after the petitioners’ brief is filed.
Although the Indiana Attorney General argued against the granting of cert in these cases, I have to believe he is relatively confident of receiving a receptive ear from at least five of the Supreme Court Justices. Today's order includes an hour for oral argument. This should be interesting. Likely question from Scalia: So why can't this Crawford guy produce a photo ID?
Would Ken Falk of the ACLU of Indiana please explain to the people of Indiana why he and his organization didn't give a damn when Marion Co. Clerk Beth White disenfranchised thousands of voters during this year's May primary by failing to open up precincts until late in the afternoon, or in the case of some precincts, not at all? It just strikes me that the ACLU opens itself up to partisan attacks when it devotes so much of its resources to battling the alleged problem with Voter ID--a case where they can't identify one single voter to the court who had been disenfranchised because of the law--and then turns its back on the thousands of voters who couldn't cast a vote because of Beth White's utter incompetence in carrying out her statutory duty to put on elections in Marion County. Please, Ken Falk, say it ain't so. Do you only care about pursuing the Democrats' political agenda, not securing the rights of individuals?