Unfounded Allegations of Voter Fraud

Criminal Justice

In cases that highlighted the intersection between our criminal justice reform and voting rights work, SCSJ represented five individuals who were charged in Alamance County, North Carolina with voting while ineligible due to criminal convictions.  We filed motions to dismiss the charges on the grounds that the statute allowing the state to seek felony convictions without proving knowledge or fraudulent intent was unconstitutionally enacted with racial animus and the intent to suppress the African American vote.  All of the felony charges were dismissed when our clients entered pleas to misdemeanor obstruction of justice.