Utah ethics petition signatures will remain private for now

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April 29, 2010


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: On April 28, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups continued a restraining order originally implemented by Federal Judge Dale Kimball two weeks prior. According to Waddoups the restraining order on the release of Utah Ethics Commission Initiative petition signatures will remain in place until he can review the affidavits from petitioners who say they fear retaliation if their names are disclosed.[1]

The same week initiative supporters announced they fell short of the 95,000 minimum signature requirement, David Irvine and Alan Smith, on behalf of Ethics Commission Initiative supporters, filed a federal lawsuit in Utah's U.S. District Court alleging that Utah's laws about making signatures available to the public is unconstitutional.[2][3][4]

The Irvine-Smith lawsuit emulates an active Washington signature privacy case Doe v. Reed. The United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments on the Washington case on April 28 but aren't expected to rule until the end of June.

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