Case: Muntaqim v. Coombe

9:94-cv-01237 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Filed Date: Sept. 26, 1994

Closed Date: May 4, 2006

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Case Summary

This action is one of two cases filed in federal court that challenged a New York State law that prohibited people from voting because they were incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction. The other case, [Hayden v. Pataki], was filed in the Southern District of New York in September 2000, while this case was filed in the Northern District of New York in September 1994.Here, the District Court (Judge Norman A. Mordue) granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment by an order dated …

This action is one of two cases filed in federal court that challenged a New York State law that prohibited people from voting because they were incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction. The other case, [Hayden v. Pataki], was filed in the Southern District of New York in September 2000, while this case was filed in the Northern District of New York in September 1994.

Here, the District Court (Judge Norman A. Mordue) granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment by an order dated January 24, 2001, holding that New York State's felon disenfranchisement scheme was immune from challenges under the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiff appealed and a panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision. 366 F.3d 102 (2nd Cir. 2004). A petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court was denied. 543 U.S. 978, 125 S.Ct. 480, 160 L.Ed.2d 356 (2004). Plaintiff petitioned the Second Circuit for a rehearing en banc, which was granted. 396 F.3d 95 (2nd Cir. 2004).

The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit consolidated this case with Hayden v. Pataki. Both cases presented a common issue: ''whether, on the pleadings, a claim that a New York State statute, Section 5-106 of the New York Election Law, that disenfranchises currently imprisoned felons and parolees results in unlawful vote denial and/or vote dilution can state a claim for violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The en banc Court (Circuit Judge Josie A. Cabrames) held that it could not. 449 F.3d 305 (2nd Cir. 2006). The en banc Court found that the plaintiffs' claim failed because New York's apportionment process, ''which counts incarcerated prisoners as residents of the communities in which they are incarcerated," had the alleged effect of increasing upstate New York regions' populations at the expense of New York City's. The en banc Court remanded Hayden so that the District Court could decide that claim. (See Hayden v. Pataki for a summary of further case proceedings in Hayden.)

Simultaneously with the filing of the Hayden opinion, the en banc court de-consolidated Muntaqim and Hayden and entered a judgment vacating the District Court opinion and dismissing Muntaqim's claims for lack of standing. See Muntaqim v. Coombe, 449 F.3d 371 (2d Cir. May 4, 2006) (per curiam ).

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (11/26/2007)

Related Cases

Hayden v. Pataki, Southern District of New York (2000)

People


Judge(s)

Cabranes, José Alberto (Connecticut)

Cardamone, Richard J. (New York)

DiBianco, Gustave Joseph (New York)

Hall, Peter W. (Vermont)

Katzmann, Robert A. (New York)

Meskill, Thomas Joseph (Connecticut)

Mordue, Norman A. (New York)

Parker, Barrington Daniels Jr. (New York)

Pooler, Rosemary S. (New York)

Raggi, Reena (New York)

Judge(s)

Cabranes, José Alberto (Connecticut)

Cardamone, Richard J. (New York)

DiBianco, Gustave Joseph (New York)

Hall, Peter W. (Vermont)

Katzmann, Robert A. (New York)

Meskill, Thomas Joseph (Connecticut)

Mordue, Norman A. (New York)

Parker, Barrington Daniels Jr. (New York)

Pooler, Rosemary S. (New York)

Raggi, Reena (New York)

Sotomayor, Sonia (District of Columbia)

Straub, Chester J. (New York)

Walker, John Mercer Jr. (New York)

Wesley, Richard C. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bianco, William A. (Colorado)

Coll, J. Peter Jr. (New York)

Cutler, Joshua M. (New York)

Jones, Cleo A. (New York)

Miller, Gale T. (Colorado)

Myslinski, Tara J. (New York)

Rauchway, Jonathan W. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Aronowitz, Michelle M. (District of Columbia)

Dearing, Richard (New York)

Freshour, Richard J. (New York)

Gutman, Benjamin (New York)

Halligan, Caitlin J. (New York)

Klass, Gregory (New York)

Schiff, Peter H. (New York)

Sheridan, Julie M. (New York)

Spitzer, Eliot (New York)

Other Attorney(s)

Abbott, Greg (Texas)

Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)

Allen, Jessie (New York)

Barbur, Peter T. (New York)

Barry, Kim (New York)

Bloom, Robert (New York)

Borden, Charles E. (New York)

Bradshaw, Sheldon T. (District of Columbia)

Burbach, Edward Donald (Texas)

Carter, Zachary W. (New York)

Chambers, Julius LeVonne (New York)

Ciccolo, Angela (Maryland)

Coleman–Davis, Veronica F. (New York)

Cooper, Charles Justin (District of Columbia)

Cruz, Rafael Edward (Ted) (Texas)

Danetz, Lisa J (Massachusetts)

Douglas, Derek R.B. (New York)

Earls, Anita S. (North Carolina)

Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)

Estrada, Danielle M. (New York)

Flynn, David K. (District of Columbia)

Foreman, Michael L. (District of Columbia)

Garber, Mitchell S. (New York)

Goldberg, Deborah A. (New York)

Goldman, Jonah H. (District of Columbia)

Goode, Victor L. (Maryland)

Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)

Hacker, Jonathon D. (New York)

Hammack, Scott M. (New York)

Henderson, Alma C. (District of Columbia)

Johnson-Blanco, Marcia (District of Columbia)

Lassar, Scott (New York)

Lustberg, Lawrence S. (New Jersey)

Marks, Leonard (New York)

McBee, Barry Ross (Texas)

McDonald, Laughlin (Georgia)

McKnight, Cynthia M. (District of Columbia)

Mincberg, Elliot M. (District of Columbia)

Northup, Nancy (New York)

Salmons, David B. (District of Columbia)

Schechtman, Paul (New York)

Schmitt, Joanna (New York)

Shapiro, Steven R. (New York)

Smith, Grasford W. (District of Columbia)

Stowe, Matthew F. (Texas)

Strugar, Matthew D. (New York)

Tarson, Derek Sherman (New York)

Thompson, David H. (District of Columbia)

White, David Hugh (District of Columbia)

Wright, Brenda (Massachusetts)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

July 14, 2006 Docket

USCA Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

366 F.3d 102

April 23, 2004 Order/Opinion

USCA Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

385 F.3d 795

Oct. 1, 2004 Order/Opinion

Order re: Petition for Writ of Certiorari

Supreme Court of the United States

125 U.S. 480

Nov. 8, 2004 Order/Opinion

Amended Order

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

396 F.3d 95

Dec. 29, 2004 Order/Opinion

Amicus Curiae Brief

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Jan. 28, 2005 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Brief Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiff-Appellant Jalil Abdul Muntaqim

Jan. 28, 2005 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Brief Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiff

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Jan. 28, 2005 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Amicus Curiae Brief

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Jan. 28, 2005 Pleading / Motion / Brief

En Banc Brief of Amici Curiae

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Jan. 28, 2005 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Title Description External URL

Brief Amici Curiae In Support Of Plaintiff-Appellant Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, a/k/a/ Anthony Bottom, Urging Reversal Of The District Court, On Behalf Of National Voting Rights Institute And Prison Policy Initiative

Prison Policy Initiative

On January 28, 2005, the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) and the Prison Policy Initiative submitted a brief amici curiae (friend of the court) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circ… Jan. 28, 2005 https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/muntaqim.html

Muntaqim v. Coombe et al. (Challenging Felon Disenfranchisement Through the Voting Rights Act)

ACLU of New York

Among the many issues raised in this case is whether Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be constitutionally applied to New York State’s felon disenfranchisement statute. Jalil Abdul Muntaqim is a… May 4, 2006 https://www.nyclu.org/en/cases/muntaqim-v-coombe-et-al-challenging-felon-disenfranchisement-through-voting-rights-act

Muntaqim v. Coombe (amicus)

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Muntaqim v. Coombe that challenged the state law which disenfranchised those con… Oct. 22, 2007 https://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/muntaqim-v-coombe-amicus

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
2

In Forma Pauperis Application filed by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (fce) (Entered: 09/26/1994)

Sept. 26, 1994

CASE REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. (fce) (Entered: 09/26/1994)

Sept. 26, 1994
1

COMPLAINT filed; (fce) (Entered: 09/26/1994)

Sept. 26, 1994
3

ORDER for Payment of Partial Filing Fee of $4.77 by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim , Service Date: 10/26/94 , Partial Fee due by 12/15/94 when partial fee received plaintiff granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis and Clerk to issue summons and deliver to Marshal for service. Recommended that if plaintiff fails to comply with this order, action should be dismissed. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. ) (fce) (Entered: 10/26/1994)

Oct. 26, 1994

SUMMONS(ES) issued for Phillip Coombe Jr., Anthony Annucci, Louis F. Mann, Original and 3 copies summons issued and delivered to Marshal, Balance Order done-consent forms sent. (fce) (Entered: 11/08/1994)

Nov. 8, 1994

Payment of Partial Filing Fee by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim FILING FEE $ 4.77 RECEIPT # 21680 Service deadline 1/7/95 for Louis F. Mann, for Anthony Annucci, for Phillip Coombe Jr. (fce) (Entered: 11/08/1994)

Nov. 8, 1994
6

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE as to Louis F. Mann on 12/8/94 : Answer due on 2/15/95 for Louis F. Mann (fce) (Entered: 12/20/1994)

Dec. 16, 1994
7

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE as to Phillip Coombe Jr., Anthony Annucci on 12/12/94 : Answer due on 2/15/95 for Anthony Annucci, for Phillip Coombe Jr. (fce) (Entered: 12/20/1994)

Dec. 20, 1994
5

REQUEST and ORDER, reset Answer deadline to 2/15/95 for Louis F. Mann ( signed by A. J. Bosman Moore, pro se staff attorney per direction of Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. ) (fce) (Entered: 12/20/1994)

Dec. 20, 1994
4

REQUEST and ORDER, reset Answer deadline to 2/15/95 for Anthony Annucci, for Phillip Coombe Jr. ( signed by A. J. Bosman Moore, Esq. pro se staff attorney per direction of Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. ) (fce) (Entered: 12/20/1994)

Dec. 20, 1994
8

ANSWER to Complaint by Phillip Coombe Jr., Anthony Annucci, Louis F. Mann (Attorney Freshour ), (fce) (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 16, 1995
9

Pre-trial Order Issued. Discovery Deadline 8/1/95; any discovery motions have a return date by 9/1/95. Motion Filing Deadline 9/4/95, returnable by 10/2/95, Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. ) (fce) (Entered: 03/08/1995)

March 7, 1995
10

Traverse Filed by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (fce) (Entered: 03/10/1995)

March 10, 1995
11

Notice 4/12/95 of change of address to Attica C.F., PO Box 149, Attica, N.Y. 14011-0149. (fce) (Entered: 04/18/1995)

April 17, 1995
13

MOTION by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim to Compel Discovery , Hearing set for 9/1/95 , Response Deadline 8/18/95 , Reply to Response Deadline 8/25/95 Motion returnable before Judge/Mag. Scanlon (fce) (Entered: 08/02/1995)

Aug. 2, 1995
14

AFFIRMATION of Richard J. Freshour by Phillip Coombe Jr., Anthony Annucci, Louis F. Mann in Opposition to Re: [13-1] motion to Compel Discovery (wbl) Modified on 08/16/1995 (Entered: 08/16/1995)

Aug. 16, 1995
15

NOTICE of CHANGE OF ADDRESS by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim to Elmira Correctional Facility, POB 500, Elmira, NY 14902 (wjg) (Entered: 08/30/1995)

Aug. 30, 1995
16

NOTICE of change of address to Elmira CF, dd 11/3/95, filed by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (cbm) (Entered: 11/07/1995)

Nov. 6, 1995
17

Plaintiff's letter dd 2/1/96, inquiring as to when the pre-trial conference will be scheduled. (fce) (Entered: 02/06/1996)

Feb. 5, 1996
18

Plaintiff's change of address dd 3/28/96, to: Eastern N.Y. Corr. FAc., Box 338, Napanoch, NY 12458-0338. (fce) (Entered: 04/02/1996)

April 1, 1996
19

ORDER denying [13-1] motion to Compel Discovery ( signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. dd 6/13/96 ) (fce) (Entered: 06/19/1996)

June 18, 1996
20

Plaintiff's ltr dd 7/31/96, re: settlement issue. (fce) (Entered: 08/08/1996)

Aug. 6, 1996
21

Plaintiff's letter to the Court dd 12/2/96 requesting trial date be set. (fce) (Entered: 12/05/1996)

Dec. 5, 1996
22

Plaintiff's request for scheduling case for trial. (fce) (Entered: 12/26/1996)

Dec. 24, 1996
23

Plaintiff's letter to the Court dd 5/13/97 requesting instructions to proceed to jury trial. (fce) (Entered: 05/19/1997)

May 16, 1997
24

Request by Plaintiff dtd 7/2/97 for final pre-trial conference. (tjm) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 7, 1997
25

Plaintiff's letter to the Court dated 11/26/97 requesting a trial date be set. (fce) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Dec. 1, 1997
26

Plaintiff's letter to the Court dated 4/16/98 requesting date for final pre-trial conference and for Pre-Trial Order. (fce) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 30, 1998
27

MAIL RETURNED UNDELIVERABLE as to Jalil Abdul Muntaqim at Eastern Correctional Facility (copy of General Order dated 6/9/98). [NOTE: envelope notes that name and number don't match.] (cdl) (Entered: 07/02/1998)

July 2, 1998

Because copy of Judge McAvoy's 6/9/98 General Order (re: management of cases assigned to Judge Pooler) was returned unserved as to pltf, w/notation on envelope that name and inmate ID number don't match, pltf's alias Anthony Bottom has been substituted for Jalil Abdul Muntaqim; order has been re-served. (cbm) (Entered: 07/15/1998)

July 15, 1998
28

ORDER, action reassigned from Mag/Judge Scanlon to Mag/Judge Gustave J. DiBianco (dd 8-13-98 signed by Chief Judge Thomas J. McAvoy ) (pta) (Entered: 08/14/1998)

Aug. 14, 1998

CASE NO LONGER REFERRED TO Magistrate Judge Daniel Scanlon Jr. (pta) (Entered: 08/14/1998)

Aug. 14, 1998

CASE REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Gustave J. DiBianco (pta) (Entered: 08/14/1998)

Aug. 14, 1998
29

NOTICE from Clerk's Office advising parties that case has been reassigned to Judge Mordue. (jlm) (Entered: 12/08/1998)

Dec. 8, 1998

CASE reassigned to Judge Norman A. Mordue (jlm) (Entered: 12/08/1998)

Dec. 8, 1998
30

Change of Address received from Pltf Anthony Bottom. Effective date: 5/6/99 New Address: Auburn Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 618, 135 State Street, Auburn, NY 13024. Old Address: Eastern Corr. Facility, Box 338, Napanoch, NY. (jlm) (Entered: 05/11/1999)

May 11, 1999
31

Letter dd 6/7/99 from Jalil Adbul Muntagim a/k/a Anthony Bottom. RE: Letter Motion to the Court to have the foregoing matter placed on the calendar to proceed with a jury trial. (jlm) (Entered: 06/10/1999)

June 8, 1999
32

Scheduling Notice for Pretrial Conference: set Telephone Conference for 9:00 8/26/99 with Judge Mordue. Pretrial Conference statements due 8/19/99. (jlm) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 25, 1999
33

Minute entry for telephone conference with Judge Mordue: Settlement not able to be reached. Defense requests time to file SJ motion - granted. reset Motion Filing deadline to 10/26/99 . Trial to be set, if necessary, after motion decision. APP: Anthony Bottom, pro se; Richard Freshour for defts. (jat) (Entered: 09/07/1999)

Aug. 26, 1999
34

MOTION by Louis F. Mann, Anthony Annucci, Philip Coombe Jr. for Summary Judgment , Hearing set for 10:00 11/24/99 , Response Deadline 11/10/99 Motion returnable before Mag. Judge: DiBianco (fce) (Entered: 10/26/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
35

Statement of Material Facts in Support of [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment filed by Louis F. Mann, Anthony Annucci, Philip Coombe Jr. (fce) (Entered: 10/26/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
36

AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT by William Fulton on behalf of Louis F. Mann, Anthony Annucci, Philip Coombe Jr. Re: [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment (fce) (Entered: 10/26/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
37

MEMORANDUM OF LAW by Louis F. Mann, Anthony Annucci, Philip Coombe Jr. in support of [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment (fce) (Entered: 10/26/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999

Motion(s) referred: [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment referred to Magistrate Judge Gustave J. DiBianco (jlm) (Entered: 11/02/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
38

Letter, dated 10/26/99, from Richard J. Freshour, AAG, noting that Summary Judgement Motion Papers should have reflected Magistrate Judge DiBianco as the assigned Magistrate Judge. (wgl) (Entered: 10/29/1999)

Oct. 28, 1999
40

Rule 7.1(a)(3) Statement in opposition to [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment filed by Anthony Bottom (tjm) (Entered: 11/12/1999)

Nov. 12, 1999
41

REQUEST by Pltf. Muntaqim dtd 11/4/99 and ORDER, Response to Motion reset to 11/19/99 for [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment (signed by Sharon F. Broton, Esq., on 11/12/99 for Magistrate Judge Gustave J. DiBianco) (lmp) (Entered: 11/15/1999)

Nov. 15, 1999
42

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS of Magistrate Judge Gustave J. DiBianco. Recommended that the deft's motion for summary judgment #34 be Granted, and the Complaint be Dismissed. Service Date: 7/18/00 Re: (Objection to R and R due by 8/7/00 for Anthony Bottom, Philip Coombe Jr., Anthony Annucci, and Louis F. Mann ). Motion(s) no longer referred (jlm) (Entered: 07/19/2000)

July 18, 2000

Motion(s) no longer referred: [34-1] motion for Summary Judgment (jlm) (Entered: 07/19/2000)

July 18, 2000
43

OBJECTION by Anthony Bottom to [42-1] report and recommendations (Affidavit of Service attached) (jat) (Entered: 07/27/2000)

July 26, 2000
44

NOTICE of Transfer of Inmate Litigation to Syracuse Divisional Office effective 9/5/00. (fce) (Entered: 08/29/2000)

Aug. 29, 2000
45

ORDER that Magistrate Judge DiBianco's Report-Recommendation dated July 18, 2000 is ADOPTED IN FULL; that defendants' motion for summary judgment is GRANTED; that plaintiff's action is DISMISSED in its ENTIRETY ( signed by Judge Norman A. Mordue ) (sal) (Entered: 01/25/2001)

Jan. 24, 2001
46

JUDGMENT that pursuant to the Order by U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue, Magistrate Judge DiBianco's Report-Recommendation dated 7/18/00 is adopted in full; that defendants' motion for summary judgment is granted; that plaintiff's action is dismissed in its entirety Date Served: 1/25/01 (sal) (Entered: 01/25/2001)

Jan. 25, 2001

Case closed (sal) (Entered: 01/25/2001)

Jan. 25, 2001
47

NOTICE OF APPEAL by Anthony Bottom appealing Order entered on 1/24/01; with attachments. Filing Fee N/A - IFP Granted. Appeal record due on 3/22/01 (dmf) Modified on 02/27/2001 (Entered: 02/27/2001)

Feb. 20, 2001

Notice of appeal and certified copy of docket to USCA re: [48-1] appeal by Anthony Bottom (parties noticed). (dmf) (Entered: 02/27/2001)

Feb. 27, 2001

Certified and transmitted record on appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals: [48-1] appeal by Anthony Bottom (dmf) (Entered: 02/27/2001)

Feb. 27, 2001
48

Copy of MANDATE of USCA, judgment filed 4/23/04, errata sheet filed 5/17/04, affirming judgment of district court. (cbm, ) (Entered: 07/27/2004)

July 27, 2004

USCA Case Number 01-7260-pr for [47] Notice of Appeal filed by Anthony Bottom. (cbm, ) (Entered: 07/27/2004)

July 27, 2004
50

MANDATE of USCA as to [47] Notice of Appeal filed by Anthony Bottom, (tlp) (Entered: 06/05/2006)

June 2, 2006

Appeal Record Returned: [47] Notice of Appeal (tlp) (Entered: 07/14/2006)

July 14, 2006

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Criminal Justice (Other)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 26, 1994

Closing Date: May 4, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

New York citizens who are of lawful voting age, and who are denied the right to vote because of being incarcerated or on parole, and as a result of a felony conviction

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

New York State Department of Correctional Services, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Voting

Voting access

Voting:

Voter qualifications

Voter registration rules