Skip to Content

Carlton Fields Attorney D. Matthew Allen Quoted in The Washington Times Analyzing Voting Rights Opinion

Carlton Fields attorney D. Matthew Allen was quoted in The Washington Times’ coverage of a voting rights ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The appellate court ruled that a voter-approved Florida law does not require felons who have completed prison sentences to pay all fines, restitutions, and fees before their voting rights can be restored. The ruling overturned a previous decision by the Florida Supreme Court, on which Allen published an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times opining that the Florida Supreme Court correctly interpreted the law.
Allen told The Washington Times: “It seems to me that the Eleventh Circuit panel improperly used the concept of severability to change the meaning of Amendment 4. It could have simply stricken the entire Amendment as unconstitutional. I don’t see how it was empowered to modify what the Florida Supreme Court definitely declared was the plain meaning of Amendment 4 — that only criminals who have paid their entire debt to society can have their voting rights restored — as it did. On first reaction, this result therefore seems to me to be policy-oriented.”
READ: The Washington Times, “Florida’s Amendment 4 – giving former felons voting rights – upheld by U.S. appeals court
Related Practices
Appellate & Trial Support


The information on this website is presented as a service for our clients and Internet users and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. Although we welcome your inquiries, please keep in mind that merely contacting us will not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Consequently, you should not convey any confidential information to us until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Please remember that electronic correspondence on the internet is not secure and that you should not include sensitive or confidential information in messages. With that in mind, we look forward to hearing from you.