Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Credit: WPTV News | West Palm Beach
Published 2 weeks ago - Duration: 01:24s

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.


Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

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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