KERMIT L. MOORE, JR., ET AL. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 13, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert D. Tuke, Paul W. Ambrosius, Nashville, Tennessee, Van D. Turner, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, and Anita S. Earls and Allison J. Riggs, Durham, North Carolina, for the appellants, Kermit L. Moore, Jr., Vanecia Kimbrew, Felecia D. Boyd, Regenna Williams, Roshun Austin, L. Lasimba M. Gray, Jr., and G. A. Hardaway, Sr.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, William E. Young, Solicitor General and Janet M. Kleinfelter, Deputy Attorney General, for the appellees, State of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, Tre Hargett and Mark Goins, in their official capacities.

John L. Ryder, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus.

Judge(s): FARMER

Plaintiffs, eight Shelby County registered voters, filed an action for declaratory judgment challenging the constitutionality of the 2012 Senate Reapportionment Act on the ground that it divides more counties than necessary in contravention of Article II, Section 6, of the Tennessee Constitution. The trial court denied Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and subsequently granted the Defendants’ motions to dismiss. The facts are not disputed and we hold that, as a matter of law, the Act is not unconstitutional. We affirm judgment in favor of Defendants.

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