There are now preliminary — and soon — permanent injunction hearing dates on the dockets, in several of the federal District Courts around the nation. I think there are at least 12 suits, now pending in at least seven federal courthouses. In lightning-fast fashion (at least for the courts), this disgusting overreach will soon come to an end. This is the full minute order, from today’s hearing in Brooklyn’s federal courthouse:
. . . .Minute entry for status conference held on February 2, 2017, before Judge Carol Bagley Amon. Appearances: For plaintiffs: Cecillia Wang, Lee Gelernt, Michael Wishnie, Karen Tumlin, Jonathan Polonsky. For Interested Party Mikaniki: Jennifer Colyer. For defendants: Samuel Go, Steven Platt.
Status conference held.
As stated on the record, the parties consent to remote public access to all but two filings in this case. As further stated on the record, the TRO is extended until February 21, 2017 for good cause shown.
Parties are to confer to determine the issues to be briefed and the briefing schedule, and will inform the Court by letter of their determination. Counsel for Mr. Darweesh and Ms. Mikaniki, by 5 pm on Friday, February 3, 2017, are to file redacted versions of the document that each identified to the Court, which will be made available for remote public access. . . .
We smile now, because we well-know that Mr. Hamilton’s checks and balances are working — to protect all of us, tonight. And as we have landed, we are grateful for that. This 240 year old system of ordered liberty will not be held hostage — not by any tyrant — and certainly not by this one, one with so little intelligent understanding of history, and no appreciation for the privileges this system has so long accorded him. [I’ve set an Arabic translation of the phrase “The Muslim Banning Executive Order Is Wrong”, in my image at right — the original satirical Trump artwork is from a poster at the January 21, 2017 march in Chicago.]