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jgomez

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Animals sueing bush?
« on: October 21, 2004, 01:58:42 PM »
NATION IN BRIEF

Thursday, October 21, 2004; Page A13

Marine Mammals May Not Sue President, Court Rules

LOS ANGELES -- The world's whales, porpoises and dolphins have no standing to sue President Bush over the U.S. Navy's use of sonar equipment that harms marine mammals, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, widely considered one of the most liberal and activist in the country, said it saw no reason animals should not be allowed to sue but said they had not yet been granted that right.

"If Congress and the President intended to take the extraordinary step of authorizing animals as well as people and legal entities to sue they could and should have said so plainly," Judge William A. Fletcher wrote in an 18-page opinion for the panel.

The lawsuit was brought against Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on behalf of "the cetacean community" -- defined as the world's whales, porpoises and dolphins -- by their self-appointed lawyer, marine mammal activist Lanny Sinkin.

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Re: Animals sueing bush?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2004, 02:02:07 PM »
Wow, this is the most ridiculous suit I have ever heard of.  Why would the judges spend any time on this.  Did it really require 18 pages?  Hopefully this news report is a hoax.

Brian

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Re: Animals sueing bush?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2004, 02:08:37 PM »
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/3839255/detail.html

Wow, this is the most ridiculous suit I have ever heard of.  Why would the judges spend any time on this.  Did it really require 18 pages?  Hopefully this news report is a hoax.

Brian