Federal lawsuit against DNC dismissed

03/21/08 Seán Kinane
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A federal appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over the party’s decision to strip Florida of its delegates to the national convention.

But the decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta gives the challengers an opening to revisit the lawsuit and carry on the legal challenge.

Tampa Democratic Party activist Victor DiMaio filed the lawsuit last year accusing the party of disenfranchising Florida’s Democratic voters by barring them from having their say in choosing their party’s nominee.

The DNC argued the party has the right to set its own rules and not seat delegates who refuse to follow them.

Today WMNF spoke with DiMaio’s attorney, Michael Steinberg.

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