Update On District 54 Hearing

I explained in the previous post why Patricia Todd will probably remain the nominee. Let me now point out that in addition to having the stronger case, it sure looks like Todd is going to be better represented than will Hendricks.

Here is an excerpt from the website of Edward Still, Todd’s attorney:

Edward Still has 30 years of experience in the field of redistricting and voting rights, including six years as general counsel to the Alabama Democratic Party, counsel for several Alabama cities in redistricting matters, representation of former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley in a major election contest, and representation of minority citizens in more than 200 cases under the Voting Rights Act.

He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Holt Civic Club v. City of Tuscaloosa, 439 U.S. 60 (1978); Hunter v. Underwood, 471 U.S. 222 (1985); and Presley v. Etowah County Commission, 502 U.S. 491 (1992). He has been counsel in many other cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was a member of a small legal team that sued more than 200 jurisdictions in Alabama in voting rights cases, including the redistricting of the Alabama Legislature during the last two decades. Because of these cases, Alabama now has the most equitable number of African-American office holders in the nation.

Mr. Still has litigated or advised clients on virtually every type of voting and election-related matter including the right to vote, the right to an absentee ballot, election contests, challenges to candidate qualifications, submissions under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, vote dilution suits under both the Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and campaign finance laws.  He has represented clients on these matters in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Alaska, Nebraska, and Louisiana.  He has drafted several election laws.

He teaches a course of The Law of Politics (regarding elections, redistricting, and the right to vote) at the Birmingham School of Law.

Check out his blog for more. In contrast to Still’s demonstrated expertise in the area of election law, this is how Hendricks’ attorney describes himself:

As a former federal prosecutor and with 25 years of litigation experience and more than 100 jury trials, I am extremely familiar with the entire litigation process. When working as your attorney, I will initiate a thorough investigation, conduct a complete review of all documents, act aggressively in discovery and pre-trial motions, negotiate a satisfactory settlement, mediate when necessary and if necessary, argue your case in court as though it were my own. I work with an experienced private investigator to make sure every possible detail of your case is uncovered. The types of law on which I focus are personal injury cases – including automobile collisions, motor vehicle collisions, nursing home abuse, defective products, wrongful death, civil rights cases, and criminal defense.

I’m sure he is a fine attorney when handling those types of cases. But those types of cases are not going to involve election law. Hendricks’ attorney is going to lack the basic familiarity with the law that is essential to success, and that is possessed by Still. Advantage: Todd.   

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One Comment on “Update On District 54 Hearing”

  1. Kathy Says:

    A little bird told me that Ms. Hendricks tried to hire Mr. Still, but she waited too long to call him. By the time she did, he was already taken.

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