The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Alabama on Wednesday February 5th; ruled against an injunction that assured the primary funding source for the Alabama Education Association (AEA). The ruling allows the enforcement of a law passed by Alabama Legislature in 2010. The law bans government employees to arrange an automatic payroll deduction of dues to membership organization that uses the membership fees for political purposes.
AEA challenged the law in a federal trial court altercating that the law is in violation of “the free speech and equal protection provisions of the First and Fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution”. AEA also argued that it was discriminated against due to its political beliefs. AED mostly supports Democratic candidates. AED purported that the law targeted its political affiliation with the Democratic Party. In 2011 a U.S district judge issued an opinion stating that the wording of the ban was vague and broad which blocked the law from enforcement. The state of Alabama appealed the case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled that the law was not overly broad and should not have been blocked. The Circuit court also decided that the ban is only applicable to the employees of government not private firms, and that the act does not violate any constitutional rights.
This case is related to a few concepts we have learned in the Judicial Process class namely; Judicial Self-Restraint principle, interpretation of Constitution and other state legislations, type of litigations and overall flow of cases in the federal courts.
U.S. federal district courts beside other cases work on civil cases that that involve interpretation or application of Constitution. The AEA claimed that the ban on paying dues through payroll deduction...