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Sanchez v. City of Modesto, F048277

Judgment on the pleadings for defendants, in case finding the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 facially invalid under the equal protection clauses of the state and federal Constitutions, is reversed where defendants' arguments do not support disposing of the Legislature-s act in this summary manner.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/06/2006
  • Published 12/06/2006



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Heller Ehrman, George H. Brown, Warrington S. Parker, III, Peter E. Gratzinger, Nicholas S. Campins, Stephen A. Tuggy, and Ronald A. Valenzuela, Los Angeles;  Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Robert Rubin and Nicholas Espiritu;  Seattle University School of Law, Joaquin G. Avila, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Louis R. Mauro, Assistant Attorney General, Christopher E. Krueger and Douglas J. Woods, Deputy Attorneys General, for State of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Kathay Feng, Los Angeles, for California Common Cause and FairVote as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Alan Smith, City Attorney;  Hogan and Hartson, Los Angeles, John W. Borkowski, Joseph G. Krauss, Nichelle Billips, Chhaya Malik, and Monica Sahaf, for City of Watsonville as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Howrey, LLP, John E. McDermott, Los Angeles;  Richard Rudnansky, Interim City Attorney (Modesto), Roland R. Stevens, Assistant City Attorney, for Defendants and Respondents., Gilbert Trujillo, City Attorney, for City of Santa Maria as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents., Patrick Whitnell for League of California Cities as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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