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Posted: 7/22/2008 5:53:00 AM EDT
Source: NY Times

By ADAM NOSSITER
Published: July 22, 2008

... Like virtually all states, Alabama restricts the rights of many felons to vote, but in Monday’s suit the group contends the state is going beyond even its own laws. People convicted of nonviolent offenses like income tax evasion or forgery are at risk of being turned away by voter registrars in Alabama, the A.C.L.U. says.

Alabama does not bar all felons from voting, only those convicted of crimes involving “moral turpitude.” In 2003, the civil liberties group says, the State Legislature clearly defined what those crimes are: murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, incest, sexual torture and nine other crimes mainly involving pornography and abuses against children.

At issue in the lawsuit is not the list enacted in law but an expanded “moral turpitude” list developed by the state’s attorney general, Troy King, in 2005. That list includes about a dozen additional offenses, most of them nonviolent, and several including the sale of marijuana ...

The suit asks a state court judge to stop Alabama election officials from turning away any voter with a felony conviction not on the Legislature’s moral turpitude list ...

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/us/22voting.html?_r=1...
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:31:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:37:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 7:03:44 AM EDT by The_Beer_Slayer]

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
not up on the details but if the AG added to that list with out legislation to back it up, the ACLU is right.


That's screwed up. On the AG's part
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:46:51 AM EDT
That's pretty bad on Alabama's part. Go ACLU.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 7:03:06 AM EDT
Wonderful.

When is the ACLU going to help some felons get their rights back to own firearms?

Waiting..................................................................................................
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 7:04:15 AM EDT
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