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A U.S. appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., has granted fair housing advocates an injunction barring the state of Louisiana from redistributing unused Road Home funds toward other programs.
The decision puts a crimp in plans by several state legislators to redirect about $148 million left in the largest housing recovery aid program in U.S. history as it winds down after four years and more than $8 billion in grants.
On its face, Farakkhan v. Gregoire is about whether felons have the right to vote. But it's really about institutionalized racism: namely whether Washington's criminal justice system treats minorities unfairly.
Washington prohibits prison inmates and former inmates on probation from voting. Secretary of State Sam Reed says the ban goes back to when Washington was a territory and notes 47 other states have some form of felon voter disenfranchisement.
Shelby County's challenge to theconstitutionality of portions of the Voting Rights Act got on a faster legal track Thursday when a federal judge in Washington denied a government request for more fact-finding.