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Virgin Islands Lawyer Sues U.S. Government Over Right to Vote

October 7, 2011
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I received the following email from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands lawyer, J. Russell Pate of the Pate Law Firm via the ABA International Litigation Committee Listerv:

Dear International Litigation Member,

For your information, please find attached a Complaint [ pdf copy of Second Amended Complaint] regarding the right to vote for Congressional representatives and U.S. President for the United States Virgin Islands.  The United Nations has noted that the islands are a non-self governing territory without the ability to participate in every level of government which has control over them.

The Complaint is a strait-forward historical expose of racial discrimination in the U.S. Congress which resulted in the denial of the Virgin Islands (a majority non-white jurisdiction) to be deprived of the right to participate in federal elections.



J. Russell Pate, Esq.

The Pate Law FirmRoyal Dane Mall,

2nd Fl.P.O. Box 890St. Thomas , VI 00804


Office 340.777-5266

Fax 340.227-5299 Cell

“Without the jury, there is no justice.”

The pleading makes for very interesting and informative reading. I invite knowledgeable comments from those with experience in U.S. constitutional law on whether the action meets the plausibility standard under the Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007)  and Ashcroft v. Iqbal 556 U.S. ___, 129 S.Ct. 1937 (2009).

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