November 18, 2011
By Jacob Combs
Thanks to Kathleen for bringing us some important updates regarding Perry v. Brown via Quick Hits! The 9th Circuit has ordered both parties in the case to file supplemental briefs regarding yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision that the proponents of Prop 8 have standing under state law to defend the ballot initiative in court.
The 9th Circuit gave a 14 day deadline for the submission of these new briefs, which would bring us to December 2. In my opinion, the brief’s final sentence demonstrates the appellate panel’s wish to bring the case to a speedy conclusion:
“No response or reply briefs will be permitted, and no motions for extension of time will be entertained.”
As Shannon Minter and Christopher Stoll pointed out in their excellent guest post this morning (if you haven’t read it yet, check it out!), this appeal has been pending for over a year, and it’s likely the court wants to get a decision out soon.
Kathleen also brings us the proponents’ letter to the 9th Circuit notifying them of the CA Supreme Court’s decision, their request to consolidate the main appeal with the appeal of Judge Ware’s denial to vacate Judge Walker’s decision based on his sexuality, and their reply brief regarding the motion to vacate.
A busy day, with many filings to read! See below for the full (and quite short) order from the 9th Circuit.