Cervini v. Cisneros

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At a Glance

Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) filed an amicus brief in support of campaign workers and supporters of a 2020 presidential campaign invoking their rights to be free from political intimidation.

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About this Case

About This Case

On Oct. 30, 2020, supporters of one 2020 presidential campaign attempted to intimidate the supporters of an opposing campaign by surrounding and threatening them while driving on the interstate between San Antonio and Austin, Texas. This so-called “Trump Train” intimidation tactic terrorized the campaign workers and supporters, preventing them from holding scheduled campaign events. 

The campaign workers and supporters sued the Trump Train participants under a Reconstruction-era statute, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, alleging that the participants formed a civil conspiracy to use intimidation to prevent their political advocacy. 

Our Brief

CLCA filed an amicus brief in federal court supporting the intimidated campaign workers’ case. The brief explains why the key provisions of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 apply to these facts based on the statute’s text, the 1871 Congress’s design and intent and historical source material.

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