- Sharon Anderson · St. Paul CentralWhy pull out when its ongoing since 2004 unabated by the State AG Lori Swanson, the Meter is ticking, www.sharon4anderson.blogsp
ot.com City must lose in Federal Court, USA is bankrupt , where will the federal funds continue for Central Corridor, Penfield, Schmidt Brewery Housing. Such a DEAL http:// forums.e-democracy.org/ groups/stpaul-issues/files/ f/1679-2007-07-08T193758Z/ 5Jul07RatAssLegal_22.pdf.
Civil rights groups applaud St. Paul’s Supreme Court pull-out, Wall Street Journal blows a raspberryeditorial board at the Wall Street Journal may not be impressed, but a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of 200 or more civil rights groups is applauding St. Paul’s decision last week to pull its legal appeal in “Magner vs. Gallagher” out of U.S. Supreme Court.
The case, which involves a dozen landlords suing the city for strict housing code enforcement, would have been heard by a conservative-leaning Supreme Court on Feb. 29. The landlords basically argued that coming down hard on them decreased affordable housing for the city’s minorities — a “disparate impact” on black residents and a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
The Supreme Court justices would have probably sided with St. Paul, creating precedent to undermine key Civil Rights protections for minorities in the federal Fair Housing Act. Among other things, “disparate impact” is an important part of discrimination lawsuits against predatory lenders, such as the recent class action suit with Countrywide Mortgage.
St. Paul would have won, but at huge moral costs, say some. Among those some is the NAACP, the ACLU, and the aforementioned civil and human rights coalition. Read their press release here:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 13, 2012
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Saint Paul for its Withdrawal of the Magner Petition from Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following statement in response to the city of Saint Paul’s thoughtful decision to withdraw its petition to the Supreme Court in Magner v. Gallagher. The Leadership Conference joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law in filing a brief arguing that disparate impact analysis is appropriate under the Fair Housing Act (FHA):
“We applaud the decision by Mayor Christopher Coleman and the city of Saint Paul to withdraw its petition to the Supreme Court in Magner v. Gallagher. By taking this action, the city is protecting its legitimate responsibility for code enforcement and preserving the disparate impact doctrine under federal fair housing law, which is essential to protecting low-income and minority tenants.
Every federal court of appeals that has considered the issue has concluded that disparate impact exists under the Fair Housing Act. This doctrine is a powerful tool to combat redlining, housing discrimination, and predatory lending. This standard will soon be further bolstered when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issues a final regulation codifying disparate impact later this year.
By returning the case to federal district court, Saint Paul has protected its ability, as well as the authority of municipalities across the country, to enforce housing standards for all citizens.
It’s imperative that this established legal framework be preserved. By taking this course of action, the city of Saint Paul protects its own citizens as well as communities across the country.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit http://www.civilrights.org/.