DOJ Files Emergency Stay Request with Ninth Circuit on ‘DADT’

The Department of Justice has filed an emergency request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting a stay on the injunction barring enforcement of DADT. The DOJ requests the Ninth Circuit to enter the stay today.

Here's the document (via Politico):


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DOJ has asked Ninth Circuit for emergency stay in DADT case by today

Not unexpected, but Josh Gerstein from Politico broke the news via twitter:

Justice Department just filed emergency stay request with 9th Circuit on #DADT. More TK

From the motion, here’s what the Obama administration wants:

We respectfully request that the Court enter an administrative stay by today October 20, 2010, pending this Court’s resolution of the government’s motion for a stay pending appeal, which would maintain the status quo that prevailed before the district court’s decision while the Court considers the government’s stay motion.

I’ve uploaded the document to
Emergency Stay Request


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In CA, anti-marriage side filed emergency motion for stay

At the Prop. 8 Trial Tracker, Brian Devine reports on the emergency stay filed by the Prop. 8 supporters and explains what will happen moving forward:

As for their arguments on the merits of the stay, there does not seem to be any new arguments that Judge Walker has not already rejected.

This Emergency Motion will be referred to the lead judge of the Motions Panel. If the lead judge is unavailable, the Emergency Motion is referred to the second judge and then the third judge of the Motions Panel. The judge to whom it is referred may either grant temporary relief or convene the Motions Panel (usually by telephone) to decide the motion. My guess is that in a case as newsworthy as this, the lead judge would prefer to convene the entire panel rather than make the decision himself. In any event, there could be a decision on the Emergency Motion within hours after the motion is filed, but it’s more likely that it will take a day or two for the Judge(s) to rule.

And, you have to love this. In its motion, the haters cited this article from Advisory: If Judge Walker Says It’s OK to Get Married. Not kidding.

And, it’s still unclear if these Prop. 8 proponents can even appeal.


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Protect Marriage Files 95-Page Emergency Motion For Stay Pending Appeal

Note that the first citation is an article from San Diego’s Gay & Lesbian Times.
Protect Marriage Appeal

Joe. My. God.

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Flight Attendant Arrested After Exiting Plane Via Emergency Slide


JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater made a dramatic exit from a flight he was working at Kennedy Airport today shortly after it landed, City Room reports:

Slater2  "One passenger got out of his seat to fetch his belongings from the overhead compartment before the crew had given permission. Mr. Slater instructed the man to remain seated. The passenger defied him. Mr. Slater approached and reached the passenger just as he pulled down his luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head. Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out all aboard. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1, launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190, ran to the employee parking lot and left the airport in a car he had parked there.

In a statement, JetBlue said it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate the incident."

CBS: "Aviation sources said Slater got on the plane’s public address system and yelled:
'To the passenger who called me a (expletive), (expletive) you. I’ve been in the business 28 years. I’ve had it. That’s it.'"

Slater, 39, was arrested in Queens and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He could get seven years if convicted of the charges.

UPDATE: He grabbed two beers from the galley before he left.

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