Yoko v. Expelled federal lawsuit drags on
I mistakenly thought that there was a final decision in the federal case last month, but the July 17 report of what I thought was the final decision turned out to be a grossly overdue report of the June 2 denial of a preliminary injunction. I thought that the case was virtually over when the motion for a preliminary injunction was denied. The opinion denying a preliminary injunction was 23 pages long -- far longer than what this frivolous lawsuit deserved -- and appeared to thoroughly cover all of the issues. There did not seem to be much to add. Now I find a July 1 court order that says, "The last day for the completion of all discovery except expert discovery is October 31, 2008." What in the hell is there to discover? The facts of the case were never disputed -- the only issues are conclusions of law. A collection of documents in the case is here (continued below the fold).
As I have said many times, judges make time for high-profile cases by giving short shrift or no shrift to low-profile cases. In judges' allocation of time to different cases, the losses of the many fund the payoffs for the lucky few, just like at any honest racetrack. The courts should place strict limits on the amount of time that judges may spend on individual civil cases. The courts have page and/or word-count limits on the lengths of briefs (these limits can be exceeded with permission of the court), so why not limit the amount of time that judges can spend on individual civil cases? I propose that plaintiffs be charged high extra fees when such time limits are exceeded and that those extra fees be used to pay for hiring more judges and magistrates and to assist pro se litigants.
Labels: Yoko Ono lawsuit (new #1)