Jeffers et al v. Beebe et al

Filing 9

ORDER granting the claimants request for a three-judge panel; the parties shall submit a report by 12:00 noon on 2/10/12 as directed. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 2/3/12. (vjt)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS HELENA DIVISION FUTURE MAE JEFFERS; MARY JEFFERS; HENRY PEACOCK; SHIRLEY HARVELL; REV. RONALD WILLIAMS; PEGGY R. WRIGHT; LAURA LOVE; FRANK SHAW; C.W. CAMPBELL; LEO CHITMAN; ETTA CAMPBELL; PLEZ LUCAS; VICKIE ROBERTSON; JOSEPH PERRY; ELBERT SMITH; SANDRA BAGLEY; NIKKI DISMUKE; ALICE W. VALLEY; LAKETHA BROWN FLUKER; KATRINA HARRELL; CHESTER HARRELL; EDDIE O’NEAL; CHRISTOPHER FRANKLIN; and JACK BERNARD CRUMBLY v. PLAINTIFFS No. 2:12CV00016 JLH MIKE BEEBE, in his capacity as Governor of Arkansas and Chairman of the Arkansas Board of Apportionment; MARK MARTIN, in his capacity as Secretary of State of Arkansas and as a member of the Arkansas Board of Apportionment; DUSTIN MCDANIEL, in his capacity as Attorney General of Arkansas and a member of the Arkansas Board of Apportionment; and ARKANSAS BOARD OF APPORTIONMENT DEFENDANTS ORDER The claimants have requested a three-judge panel in the present action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2284. The defendants agree that the plaintiffs are entitled to a three-judge panel. Accordingly, a three-judge panel will be convened pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2284. The Court has notified Chief Judge William J. Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Chief Judge Riley has notified the Court that Circuit Judge Lavenski R. Smith and District Judge Susan Webber Wright have been designated to serve on a three-judge panel, along with the undersigned. The Court orders the parties to confer pursuant to Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and submit a report by 12:00 noon on February 10, 2012, with a proposed schedule for expedited discovery, along with a proposed schedule for trial deadlines and an expedited trial on the merits, including consideration of whether a hearing on the plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunction should be consolidated with the trial on the merits. The report should include the items identified in Local Rule 26.1. To the extent that the parties can agree on a schedule, the parties should submit a joint report with their recommendations. To the extent that the parties disagree, they may submit separate reports and state their separate views with respect to scheduling and the reasons for their proposals. IT IS SO ORDERED this 3rd day of February, 2012. J. LEON HOLMES UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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