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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges, and will drop charges against his wife Maureen McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison. He remained free pending appeal, and this spring, the Supreme Court this year unanimously threw out his conviction. "Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice. More than 3 1/2 years after learning of an investigation, the final day of vindication has arrived," McDonnell said.



Indeed, you should learn how to read case law, here I'll help you out; "How to Read a Legal Opinion" That case did not involve "disenfranchisement." As you noted, the law at issue was struck down because of "discriminatory intent" in enacting the law, no other claims were addressed.

We hold that the challenged provisions of SL 2013-381 were enacted with racially discriminatory intent in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and § 2 of the Voting Rights Act. We need not and do not reach Plaintiffs' remaining claims.
The core of the reasoning focused on "racially polarized" voting not whether the law "results" in disenfranchisement. Compare the Texas case where no discriminatory intent was found but the law "results" in a disproportionate "impact" on minorities but not necessarily disenfranchisement.

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