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What a surprise: John Conyers disqualified from primary ballot; Judge lets him on anyway

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By Doug Powers  •  May 24, 2014 08:29 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

This activist judge probably considers all this a formality since everybody knows Conyers is going to win in November anyway.

From the Detroit News:

A federal judge threw U.S. Rep. John Conyers a political lifeline Friday, ordering the Detroit Democrat onto the Aug. 5 primary ballot because his lawsuit to overturn a Michigan election law is likely to succeed.

Judge Matthew Leitman’s ruling allowing Conyers to join challenger Horace Sheffield on the primary ballot capped a whirlwind day for the longest-serving African-American in Congress, as he seeks a 26th term in office. A report released earlier Friday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson agreed with Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett that Conyers was ineligible to run and found he fell more than 540 signatures short of the 1,000 needed to qualify for the ballot.

But Leitman, in a 22-page ruling, said Conyers and two petition circulators whose signatures were disqualified have a “substantial likelihood of success” in showing Michigan’s requirement for circulators to be registered voters law is unconstitutional and ordered Conyers on the ballot “because time is of the essence.”

The judge ordered Conyers on the ballot “because his lawsuit to overturn a Michigan election law is likely to succeed.” This judge isn’t interpreting the law, he’s interpreting the outcome an unsettled lawsuit and assuming it’s the law.

Some might be inclined to rightly use people like Conyers to argue for term limits, but what would that accomplish if all people like Conyers need to do is file a lawsuit against the limits and take it to a friendly judge who will deem the effort “likely to succeed”? Welcome to your 26th term!

President Obama nominated this judge last year for just such an emergency.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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