Wednesday, August 24, 2005
johnson v. bush petition
The Brennan Center for Justice recently filed a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court in Johnson v. Bush, a challenge to Florida's felon disenfranchisement law. As an expert on this case, I wrote a lengthy report on felon voting restrictions, the size and social distribution of the plaintiff class, and the operation of Florida's clemency system. An intriguing "What Would Roberts Do" post is online at Rick Hasen's election law blog. Full details on the Johnson case are available from the Brennan Center. Its lead plaintiff, Thomas Johnson, is also featured in Laurel Greenberg's fascinating Florida election documentary Trouble in Paradise.