Thursday, June 1, 2017

File This Under "Don't Waste The Federal Court's Time": Now June 7 In Brooklyn....

[Substantive, on merits background here; this one is procedural.] This is simply an overnight updating post to this procedural one -- but the able Magistrate Judge is not at all pleased with Mr. Platt -- Mr. Trump's lead lawyer in Brooklyn, and nationwide, on the Muslim Ban 2.0 matters.

Mr. Trump's lawyer wanted a full week delay -- to the 12th. In fact, he got. . . two days.

Object lesson? It's never a good idea to disrespect the court's time -- especially the very overworked Brooklyn federal District court. He apparently agreed to a substantive conference date, and then backed out, thus (apparently citing only his own vacation schedule -- bad move!):

. . . .ORDER granting [202] Motion to Adjourn Conference: Respondents write to request an adjournment of the June 5, 2017 follow-up settlement conference. (ECF No. [202].)

The Court is not pleased with respondents' request as this date was chosen with all parties present and to accommodate all parties' schedules. Nevertheless, the Court will grant a short adjournment so the parties are fully prepared. The Court shall hold a follow-up settlement conference on June 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

The parties shall appear at that time in Courtroom 11A South of the United States Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. To make the conference an efficient use of our time, the Court expects that those who were in attendance at the May 26, 2017 settlement conference to attend on June 7, 2017.

The parties shall notify me by June 5, 2017 if there will be any change in who will be present. The Court urges the parties to focus their efforts on resolution.

Ordered by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom on 5/31/2017. . . .

Now you know. Onward -- but it is unusual, to say the least, to see government lawyers treat the judiciary branch with such callous high-handedness. . . . in my considerable experience, almost unprecedented. But I guess 45's team is different than all before it, in that way, as well. Here is Mr. Platt's largely insolent letter -- and. . . you may see the court's answer, in blue, above. Charming.


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