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SCOTUS upholds R-71 ban on petition names

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October 21, 2009


OLYMPIA, Washington: In an 8 to 1 vote the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the ban on releasing Referendum 71 petition signatures until the court decides whether it will hear an appeal in the case. Justice John Paul Stevens dissented. According to reports the injunction on the signatures, which is expected to remain until at least the November election, will remain in place unless new motions are filed.[1] On Monday Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary injunction.[2] Kennedy's ruling came only days after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order to release the names on R-71 petitions.[3]

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