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United States v. City of Eastpointe
United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division
June 26, 2019
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
CITY OF EASTPOINTE; EASTPOINTE CITY COUNCIL; SUZANNE PIXLEY, in her official capacity as Mayor of Eastpointe; CARDI DEMONACO JR., MICHAEL KLINEFELT, SARAH LUCIDO, and MONIQUE OWENS, in their official capacities as members of the Eastpointe City Council; and JOSEPH SOBOTA, in his official capacity as Eastpointe City Clerk, Defendants.
MATTHEW SCHNEIDER United States Attorney.
S. DREIBAND Assistant Attorney General.
M. GORE Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney.
LUTTRELL D. LEVINGSTON Assistant United States Attorney.
CHRISTIAN HERREN, JR. TIMOTHY F. MELLETT, DANIEL J. FREEMAN
JASMYN G. RICHARDSON GORGE EPPSTEINER Attorneys, Voting
CONSENT JUDGMENT AND DECREE
TERRENCE G. BERG, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
Attorney General filed this action to enforce Section 2 of
the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. § 10301. The complaint
alleges that the current at-large, multiple-vote method of
electing the Eastpointe City Council results in black
citizens of the City of Eastpointe having less opportunity
than white citizens to participate in the political process
and to elect candidates of their choice to the City Council,
in violation of Section 2. The United States makes no claim
that the City's at-large, multiple vote method of
election is intentionally discriminatory. The parties have
entered into this Consent Decree to avoid the risks, expense,
and burdens of litigation and to resolve voluntarily the
claims in the United States' Complaint.
parties stipulate as follows:
1. This Court has original jurisdiction of this action under
28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1345, and 2201(a) and 52 U.S.C.
2. Defendant City of Eastpointe is a political and
geographical subdivision of the State of Michigan.
3. Defendant Eastpointe City Council is the legislative and
governing body of the City of Eastpointe. Eastpointe Charter
ch. III, §§ 1-2.
4. Defendant Suzanne Pixley is the mayor of the City of
Eastpointe, the presiding officer and executive head of the
City. Eastpointe Charter ch. III, § 7. As mayor, she
also serves on the Eastpointe City Council. Id.
§§ 1-2. She is named in her official capacity.
5. Defendants Cardi DeMonaco Jr., Michael Klinefelt, Sarah
Lucido, and Monique Owens are elected members of the
Eastpointe City Council. Eastpointe Charter ch. III, §
2. They are named in their official capacities.
6. Defendant Joseph Sobota is the Eastpointe City Clerk, the
city official responsible for the administration of
elections. Eastpointe Charter ch. III, § 23; Mich. Comp.