To: Texas Press and Other Interested Media Representatives
Fr: Garry Jones, Lone Star Project Communications
Re: Federal District Court Judge Ramos Sets Briefing Schedule in Voter ID Case, Rejects State’s Attempt to Stall
Today Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set a briefing schedule to determine whether Texas state lawmakers passed SB 14, Texas’ Voter ID law, with a discriminatory intent. In Judge Ramos’ order, she told both parties to present their findings to the court by November, 18th 2016, submit responsive briefings by December 16th, 2016, and ordered the parties to appear for oral arguments on January 24th 2017.
By asking the Court to delay based on an empty threat to appeal to the Supreme Court, Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott are stalling and continuing to exploit Texas taxpayers who are being forced to fund the defense of a discriminatory law. Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott know that compelling evidence exists to prove that the Texas voter ID law was adopted with the intent to discriminate.
An additional finding of intent to discriminate – if upheld on appeal – not only establishes that Texas Republican leaders acted with a discriminatory purpose, but could lay the ground work for Texas being required to have future laws become subject to a federal review before being allowed to go into effect.
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