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Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Video Credit: WPTV News | West Palm Beach - Duration: 01:24s - Published
Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

A federal judge is set to begin hearing a case that could decide if Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority to strip voting rights from former felons who still owe fines and other financial obligations once freed from prison.

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THE DEBATE OVER ACONTROVERSIAL LAWPASSED EARLIER THISYEAR... REGARDING THEVOTING RIGHTS OFCONVICTED FELONS...GOES BEFORE A JUDGETHIS WEEK.WPTV NEWSCHANNEL FIVEANCHOR JAYCASHMERE... HERE WITHDETAILS ON THE FIRSTDAY OF ARGUMENTS.JAY...SHANNON... A FEDERALJUDGE IS EYEINGWHETHER TO BLOCK ANEW LAW LIMITINGVOTING RIGHTS FORFLORIDA FELONS.TODAYFEDERAL COURTHOUSE INTALLAHASSEETHE NAACP AND THE A-C-L-U CALLED FORJUDGE ROBERT HINKLETO TEMPORARILY PAUSETHE LAW UNTIL THEBROADERCONSTITUTIONALLAWSUIT IS RESOLVED.THE LAW REQUIRESFELONS TO NOT ONLYSERVE THEIR TIME INPRISON BUT TO PAY ALLFINANCIAL OBLIGATIONSAND RESTITUTIONBEFORE VOTING.OPPONENTS BELIEVE THEFINANCIAL REQUIREMENTVIOLATES THE U-SCONSTITUTION AND CALLIT A NEW POLL TAX.ONE OF THE PLAINTIFFSIN THE CASEMCCOYOWES RESTITUTIONHOPEFUL THE JUDGEWOULD SEE THINGS HERWAY.<(ROSEMARY MCCOY,PLAINTIFF)(10 SECS)"This is injustice.it isn't fair.

Itisn't right.

We'resick and tired of thejim crow laws.

Wethought it was done.now you want to bringback the jim crowlaw?

That's notright."




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