It's an intriguing opinion, packed with anecdotes about oddball behavior by Nader's petition-circulators, including the saga of Ronald Waller. Mr. Waller submitted 366 signatures on Nader's behalf, but the court noted that "Waller’s mother swore in an affidavit that he had not lived at the given address since March 2004. One individual whose name was on the petition swore that he signed a petition circulated by a white man and a white woman. Waller is a black man."
The appellate panel, moreover, determined Blackwell enjoys some of that sweet, sweet sovereign immunity that protects him Nader's lawsuit. For Blackwell, that may be the bottom line. Bye bye, lawsuit.
But then, in what may prove to be the longer-lasting part of the ruling,
http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/08a0391p-06.pdf, the three-member appellate panel also concluded that Ohio's ban on out-of-state petition circulators violated the First Amendment. Saeth the court:
it is undisputable that Blackwell’s conduct sharply limited Nader’s ability to convey his message to Ohio voters and thereby curtailed Nader’s core political speech..