Supreme Court Ruling

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Monday, March 5, 2001, ll:l5p.m. Effective immediately.

The ASUU Elections Committee is hereby enjoined from removing, from the final election ballot, the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Innovation Party?Mr. Nelson and Mr. Paulk, respectively.

The ASUU election polls open on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 a.m. The Elections Committee ruled today (March 5) against the Innovation Party in an election controversy and ordered the removal of the names of the Innovation Party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates from the final ballots. The Innovation Party plans to appeal the Elections Committee’s decision within the allotted twentyfour hour time period, but because of the timing of the decision by the Elections Committee, the Innovation Party would suffer irreparable harm if its presidential and vice presidential candidates’ names do not appear on the final ballot.

We believe there is ample time to hear the Innovation Party’s appeal on the merits before the conclusion of the election and the announcement of the results. If the Innovation Party loses their case on appeal and the remedy ordered by the Elections Committee stands, the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Innovation Party will be disqualified at that time. In the interim, the election will proceed as scheduled. The election results will not be made available to anyone but the Supreme Court until a final decision is reached on the Innovation Party’s appeal.

We hereby schedule a hearing for the Innovation Party’s appeal of the ASUU

Elections Committee’s decision for Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at 7:00p.m. At that time we will hear oral arguments from the Innovation Party and Mr. Broadbent (representing the No Bull Party). The location of the hearing will be posted in the ASUU offices on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 by 9:00 a.m. At the hearing, each side will be allotted 15 minutes to present their arguments and answer questions from the Supreme Court Justices. We do not anticipate a final decision on the appeal at any specific time. A final opinion will be issued when it becomes available.

This injunction shall be binding for a maximum of seventy-two hours, but may be extended upon further court action. The injunction is hereby issued, this fifth day of March, MMI. Any lack of compliance with this injunction will result in further injunctions and possible fines.