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Term Limits and Lawsuits

Friday, October 24, 2008

The City Council may have voted, but an extension on term limits is expected to face more than one lawsuit. Civil liberties lawyer Norm Siegel is part of a group of lawyers studying a possible challenge based on either the Voting Rights Act, the 1st Amendment or the 14th Amendment. He says New Yorkers who supported term limits in past referendums have had their votes negated.

Siegel: "When the people have spoken through, not one but two referendums, you have the people's will. And yesterday the mayor and City Council betrayed the people's will."

Siegel says he's already heard from dozens of New York City voters who would like to serve as plaintiffs in a suit.

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