Perry v. Judd et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. on 1/13/12. (wtuc)
IN OPEN COURT
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
JAN -| 3 2012
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
CLERK, U.S. DISTRICTCOURT
THE HONORABLE RICK PERRY,
THE HONORABLE NEWT GINGRICH, THE
HONORABLE JON HUNTSMAN, JR., and
THE HONORABLE RICK SANTORUM,
Civil Action No. 3:11-CV-856-JAG
Member of the Virginia State Board of Elections,
in his official capacity, et al.,
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff and intervenor-plaintiffs' (collectively, the
"plaintiffs") motion for a preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs are candidates seeking the
Republican nomination for President of the United States. Under Virginia law, they failed to
obtain the required number of petition signatures to place their names on the ballot for the
Republican primary election. Now, they ask the Court for a preliminary injunction ordering that
they be listed on the ballot. The plaintiffs argue that Virginia's rules limiting who can circulate
candidate petitions and requiring 10,000 signatures violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments
to the Constitution.
The equitable doctrine of laches bars the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction.
Theyknew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as
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