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Federal judge sets speedy trial schedule for Ohio Libertarians tossed from fall ballot


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge has agreed to quickly hear a complaint brought by Ohio Libertarians tossed from the fall ballot.

Federal Judge Michael Watson on Friday set a trial in the case beginning Sept. 29.

Libertarians recently updated their lawsuit with what they say are Republicans' connections in the case. They say a GOP consultant and appointee of Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) was responsible for hiring the law firm whose challenge pushed two of their candidates off Ohio's ballot.

Terry Casey worked for Kasich's 2010 campaign. The governor has since appointed him chair of the state personnel review board.

Libertarians want Watson to restore governor candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary to November's ballot. They claim the disqualifications were partisan.

Casey has said Libertarian petitions were tossed legitimately.

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