Carl Lewis Is Put Back on Ballot

September 14, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — A federal appeals court ordered on Tuesday that Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist, be returned to the ballot in a New Jersey State Senate election. The decision was possibly the final word over whether Mr. Lewis, a political newcomer, would meet a four-year residency requirement for state senators.  A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia put Mr. Lewis, a Democrat, back on the ballot with a 2-to-1 ruling issued less than five hours after it heard arguments. The court said a full opinion would be filed later.  But after months of legal hair-splitting on exactly when Mr. Lewis became a New Jersey resident, the court seemed to indicate that that issue was not the heart of the case. Instead, it said, “the state has failed to demonstrate a compelling state interest” for leaving him off the ballot.

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