United States of America v. State of Alabama et al

Filing 160

FINAL ORDER AND JUDGMENT: 1. Governor Bob Riley is relieved of his duties as Special Master. 2. The Special Master's HAVA Implementation Committee is dissolved. 3. The title and role of Alabama Chief Elections Officer for HAVA implementation pur poses, removed from Secretary Worley over her and the State's objection, are hereby restored to the Alabama Secretary of State, currently the Honorable Beth Chapman. 4. To ensure the integrity and security of the Alabama Voter Registration Syste m, the Alabama Voter Registration and Election Management System Security Policy, Final Version 1.0, last revised 8/8/2008, attached hereto as Appendix 1, shall be binding upon Defendants and all users of the Alabama Voter Registration System through out the 2008 federal election cycle, and thereafter, as it may be modified from time to time by the Alabama Secretary of State, the Alabama Legislature or its designee, or a court of competent jurisdiction. 5. To ensure an orderly transition of the A labama Voter Registration System to the control of the Alabama Secretary of State, and to ensure the integrity of the Alabama Voter Registration System through the 2008 federal election cycle in Alabama, control and supervision of the Special Master& #039;s Software Review Committee is transferred to the Secretary of State as further set out in the order. 6. To ensure uniformity in the Alabama Voter Registration System and to address the resolution of the security concerns set forth in the Specia l Master's Final Status Report, no election official who in the past has engaged in the practice of producing a voter list reflecting that persons are qualified to vote in a particular box or voting location where that box or location does not e ncompass their place of residence shall engage in said practice in the future as further set out in the order. 7. The Alabama Secretary of State is the successor in interest to any contracts and memoranda of understanding entered into by the Special Master as further set out in the order. 8. Any bank accounts or unspent funds that were transferred to the Special Master's control for HAVA implementation purposes are now restored to the Alabama Secretary of State. 9. Title to all property pur chased by the Special Master for HAVA implementation purposes, and not otherwise disposed of, is transferred to the Alabama Secretary of State. 10. All official records, documents, and tangible items in the possession of the Special Master and/or his representatives (which specifically does not include ES&S) are to be timely transferred to the Alabama Secretary of State; personal notes taken by the Special Master and/or his representatives need not be transferred. It is the court's intent that the Alabama Secretary of State be given the information she needs to exercise responsibility for the system knowledgeably; to understand what funds were spent and what funds, if any remain; and to effectuate the remaining terms of any contracts or memoranda of understanding that the Special Master executed, including the contract with ES&S. 11. This cause is DISMISSED with prejudice, with costs taxed as paid. 12. The court retains jurisdiction until 1/31/2009 for enforcement of this Order. The Clerk is DIRECTED to enter this document on the civil docket as a final judgment pursuant to FRCP 58. Signed by Honorable William Keith Watkins on 9/18/2008. (Attachments: #(1) Appendix 1, #(2) Civil Appeals Checklist)(dmn)

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A copy of this checklist is available at the website for the USCA, 11th Circuit at www.ca11.uscourts.gov E f f e c tiv e on April 9, 2006, the new fee to file an appeal will increase from $255.00 to $455.00. CIVIL APPEALS JURISDICTION CHECKLIST 1. Appealable Orders: Courts of Appeals have jurisdiction conferred and strictly limited by statute: (a) Appeals from final orders pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1291: Only final orders and judgments of district courts, or final orders of bankruptcy courts which have been appealed to and fully resolved by a district court under 28 U.S.C. 158, generally are appealable. A final decision is one that "ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment." Pitney Bowes, Inc. v. Mestre, 701 F.2d 1 365, 1 368 ( 11th Ci r. 1 983). A magistrate judge's report and recommendation is not final and appealable until judgment thereon is entered by a district court judge. 28 U.S.C. 636(c). In cases involving multiple parties or multiple claims, a judgment as to fewer than all parties or all claims is not a final, appealable decision unless the district court has certified the judgment for immediate review under Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(b). Williams v. Bishop, 732 F.2d 885, 885- 86 (11th Cir. 1984). A judg ment which resolves all issues except matters, such as attorneys' fees and costs, that are collateral to the merits, is immediately appealable. Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 486 U.S.196, 201, 108 S.Ct. 1717, 1721-22, 100 L .Ed.2d 178 (1988); LaChance v. Duffy's Draft House, Inc., 146 F.3d 832, 837 (11th Cir. 1998). Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(a): Appeals are permitted from orders "granting, continuing, modifying, refusing or dissolving injunctions or refusing to dissolve or modify injunctions . . ." and from "[i]nterlocutory decrees . . . determining the rights and liabilities of parties to admiralty cases in which appeals from final decrees are allowed." Interlocutory appeals from orders denying temporary restraining orders are not permitted. Appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) and Fed.R.App.P. 5: The certification specified in 28 U.S.C. 1292(b) must be obtained before a petition for permission to appeal is filed in the Court of Appeals. The district court's denial of a motion for certification is not itself appealable. Appeals pursuant to judicially created exceptions to the finality rule: Limited exceptions are discussed in cases including, but not limited to: Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541, 546, 69S.Ct. 1221, 1225-26, 93 L.Ed. 1528 (1949); Atlantic Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n v. Blythe Eastman Paine Webber, Inc., 890 F.2d 371, 376 (11th Cir. 1989); Gillespie v. United States Steel Corp., 379 U.S. 148, 157, 85 S.Ct. 308, 312, 13 L.Ed.2d 199 (1964). Rev.: 4/04 (b) (c) (d) (e) 2. Time for Filing: The timely filing of a notice of appeal is mandatory and jurisdictional. Rinaldo v. Corbett, 256 F.3d 1276, 1278 (11th Cir. 2001). In civil cases, Fed.R.App.P. 4(a) and (c) set the following time limits: (a) Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(1): A notice of appeal in compliance with the requirements set forth in Fed.R.App.P. 3 must be filed in the district court within 30 days after the entry of the order or judgment appealed from. However, if the United States or an officer or agency thereof is a party, the notice of appeal must be filed in the district court within 60 days after such entry. THE NOTICE MUST BE RECEIVED AND FILED IN THE DISTRICT COURT NO LATER THAN THE LAST DAY OF THE APPEAL PERIOD no additional days are provided for mailing. Special filing provisions for inmates are discussed below. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(3): "If one party timely files a notice of appeal, any other party may file a notice of appeal within 14 days after the date when the first notice was filed, or within the time otherwise prescribed by this Rule 4(a), whichever period ends later." Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4): If any party makes a timely motion in the district court under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of a type specified in this rule, the time for appeal for all parties runs from the date of entry of the order disposing of the last such timely filed motion. Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(5) and 4(a)(6): Under certain limited circumstances, the district court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal. Under Rule 4(a)(5), the time may be extended if a motion for an extension is filed within 30 days after expiration of the time otherwise provided to file a notice of appeal, upon a showing of excusable neglect or good cause. Under Rule 4(a)(6), the time may be extended if the district court finds upon motion that a party did not timely receive notice of the entry of the judgment or order, and that no party would be prejudiced by an extension. Fed.R.App.P. 4(c): If an inmate confined to an institution files a notice of appeal in either a civil case or a criminal case, the notice of appeal is timely if it is deposited in the institution's internal mail system on or before the last day for filing. Timely filing may be shown by a declaration in compliance with 28 U.S.C. 1746 or a notarized statement, either of which must set forth the date of deposit and state that first-class postage has been prepaid. (b) (c) (d) (e) 3. Format of the notice of appeal: Form 1, Appendix of Forms to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, is a suitable format. See also Fed.R.App.P. 3(c). A pro se notice of appeal must be signed by the appellant. Effect of a notice of appeal: A district court loses jurisdiction (authority) to act after the filing of a timely notice of appeal, except for actions in aid of appellate jurisdiction or to rule on a timely motion of the type specified in Fed.R.App.P. 4(a)(4). 4.

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