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  •  Right...I don't think it's that simple (1+ / 0-)
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    wader

    Look, I'm in law school right now, and I can tell you it's not that simple.  Once you have a case going in one direction, it becomes very difficult for the attorney to present a new argument to a case after working diligently on an old one, and one, mind you would be 180 degrees different. This is on top of the fact that the bureaucratic engine of building a team and implementing policies requires tremendous effort in and of itself.  This is also coupled with the fact that Holder was sworn in about 11 days ago?  The Bush Administration left things so ridiculous within the DOJ, that it's going to take YEARS to change direction.  I have a feeling you'll start to see within a couple of months, a clean break from the Bush Admin and this hyperventilating over these early decisions won't seem as right as they do now.  Having said that, I'll eat my hat if I'm wrong, but I'm willing to give him time and effort to get this stuff done.  

    •  i'm a lawyer and the judges in the jeppesen (3+ / 0-)
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      wader, alizard, thethinveil

      case, for example, asked twice during oral argument, is this the position of the obama administration. in each of the cases i've read about, the judges were more than willing to provide time extensions.

      the parties involved expected obama to do a reversal of bush. that's why the judges were surprised at the arguments.

      in this case, the DOJ provided additional briefing not provided by the earlier bush briefs.

      please read the briefs, listen to the oral arguments. i would love to hear some good news on these cases.:)

      "Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans." -- Jacques Cousteau

      by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 10:05:27 PM PST

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