Raysor v. Lee - Plaintiffs' Joint Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

Court Level
District Court

On August 29, 2019, Plaintiffs filed a joint memorandum opposing the State Defendants’ motion to dismiss, refuting their arguments that the court lacks authority to grant relief to Plaintiffs, and that the outcome of any state court proceedings would affect the resolution of the issues before this Court – namely, whether requiring returning citizens to pay off outstanding LFOs before they are eligible for automatic rights restorations violates the federal constitution. Plaintiffs also addressed a separate question raised by the Court in a hearing on August 15, 2019, arguing that the federal court can block enforcement of the unconstitutional LFO requirement without otherwise affecting the automatic restoration of rights to returning citizens that over 5 million Florida voters supported in 2018.