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DOJ Accuses Bancroft Lawyers of Using Wrong Font Size in Voter ID Case

Posted Sep 11, 2012 8:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A legal dispute over South Carolina’s voter ID law evolved into a dispute over font size over the weekend.

Lawyers from the Justice Department accused lawyers from Bancroft who represented the state of using 12-point font rather than required 13-point font, the National Law Journal reports.

Emails were exchanged on Saturday, resulting in an emergency motion for a hearing filed at 10:51 p.m. A Justice Department lawyer asserted in the motion that South Carolina’s proposed findings of fact would have surpassed the 50-page limit by at least eight to 10 pages if the papers had been filed in the smaller font. A Bancroft lawyer fired back that there was no 13-point requirement, and Justice Department lawyers had also used the smaller font in other court papers.

Judges presiding in the case allowed Justice Department lawyers to refile in 12-point font, but declared all future filings should be in 13-point font, the story says.

At issue in the ongoing trial is whether the voter ID law discriminates against minorities, the Washington Post reported in August. Closing arguments are scheduled for Sept. 24.

Related election law coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Once Again, Legal Battles over Voting Procedures Could Delay Election Results"

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