- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - An updated federal lawsuit seeks to block Ohio’s elections chief from issuing any new subpoenas in his investigation into the ballot signatures gathered by a group supporting a marijuana legalization effort.

The lawsuit, filed by two people identified as John Doe and John Doe Two, also asks the court to declare those subpoenas already issued as overly broad and in violation of pot issue supporters’ First Amendment and privacy rights.

The amended complaint comes after Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO’-steds) special investigator withdrew his initial subpoenas and issued new ones to leaders of ResponsibleOhio’s campaign.

In the Thursday filing, the plaintiffs’ attorney says the new subpoenas permit redaction of volunteers’ identities, but they still seek disclosure of protected campaign communication and expression.

Husted has called the lawsuit “frivolous.”



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