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Richardson v. Ramirez
United States Supreme Court
418 U.S. 24 (1974)
Three convicted felons (plaintiffs) fully served out their terms. Article XX, § 11 of the California Constitution forbids convicted felons from voting in California elections. A writ of mandate filed by the felons asserted that Article XX, § 11 violated § 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The felons claimed that the Fourteenth Amendment’s phrase “except for participation in rebellion, or other crime” prohibits disenfranchising convicted felons. On this basis, the felons brought a class-action suit challenging the constitutionality of Article XX, § 11.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
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