Victory At The Supreme Court!

Our lawyers, Eamonn Dornan, JJ Cotter and Jonathan Albano have won a fantastic victory at the US Supreme Court with the approval of Justice Stephen Breyer that our request for a stay of the handover of interviews from the Belfast Project archive at Boston College be granted and extended until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case. Here is the text of the decision:
“IT IS ORDERED that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, case Nos. 11-2511 and 12-1159, is hereby stayed until November 16, 2012. If the applicants file a petition for a writ of certiorari on or before that date, then the mandate of the First Circuit is further stayed until the petition is resolved by this Court. Should the petition be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court. If the applicants do not file a petition for certiorari on or before November 16, then the stay shall expire at 5 p.m. that day.”

Congratulations to Eamonn, Jim and Jonathan!!

13 responses to “Victory At The Supreme Court!

  1. thanks Ed.  Great news! I also got it from the Court’s  public information office -wondered if it would be extended til after the election -also the  UK refusal  to extradite the hacker may help–I did get a call on Oct 12th from Josh McElwee asking if I heard anything and advised him to call the Supreme Court and get on their call out list-so I decided to do the same-Best, Sabina


  2. How wonderful! I am so glad my friend!

  3. Congratulations! Great news!

  4. Good news, Ed. I confess, I thought you were becoming obsessed with a losing cause. But you refused to give up and everything is now possible. If you could just see your way to easing up on Lance Armstrong, who, whatever his faults, is no Jimmy Savile.

    • Ah Walter! I had thought you dead and gone. Never a losing cause, just keeping my promise to people. If I do have an obsession it is with outing liars, which is why I write about Lance Armstrong! There is another outrageous liar with whom we are both familiar, me perhaps more than you. Wears a beard and used to puff on a pipe a lot. Write about him too. Suspect he may be heading for an Armstrong-like denouement as well.

  5. I’m not dead yet. It just feels that way. I hope you’re not suggesting that a certain one-time barkeep, for whom power was the ultimate performance-enhancing drug, will one day soon be stripped of his many titles.

    • a former barkeep with a power complex? who could you possibly be talking about?

    • and there’s another one i really like writing about, walter, possibly my favorite and the most notorious liar of all, known in the circles he moved in so commandingly as the last person many a poor sod saw before meeting his maker.

    • Walter, I see O’Dowd is calling you ‘a Unionist writer’. When did you become ‘a Unionist’, or does he mean Protestant and doesn’t know the difference? ‘Twas not so long ago either that same O’Dowd was much more interested in getting adverts from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board than defending the Provos’ corner. In fact he would have crapped acorns had anyone mentioned Gerry Adams and himself in the same breath. Funny how people forget such things.

  6. Isn’t it wonderful to have such great journalists with liar detection superpowers who are willing to point out to us plebs the liars and cheats in this world. One wonders though how such fantastic superheroes with such superpowers failed to detect the paedophile journalist among their peers. I guess you can never find the liars when they are too close eh?

    • ronan, my friend, you are really going to have to do better than this. what on earth are you talking about? in situations like yours here’s what i suggest: take a couple more of those pills, you know the ones you take when the red mist covers your eyes and your head seems ready to explode, draw the curtains and close your eyes for an hour or so. you’ll feel so much better then and soon you’ll be fit for the company of other human beings.

  7. I just saw O’Dowd’s comments. He’s a terrible eejit. He’s obviously right that you are not to the fore in pushing the political beatification of Gerry Adams. Nor am I, for that matter. I could forgive the one-time chief of staff most of his crimes if he would only confess them. But he won’t even admit to membership of the IRA, let alone to having led it at a critical time. It is for this reason that while I admit to a qualified admiration for Martin McGuinness – who after Bloody Sunday suggested to me that I join the armed struggle – I feel a definite frisson of dislike for Adams.

    More to the point, you are a serious journalist who knows more about the realities of the Provisional Republican movement that just about anyone alive (and more than a few who are dead). O’Dowd, by contrast, is an acolyte who, by his own past admission, only became a Republican after he left Ireland and took up residence in Irish-America.

    “Wrap the green flag round me, boys” (but only so long as I’m three thousand miles away).

    As for his calling me a Unionist, I have put him right on this several times in the past. But he doesn’t listen. He thinks the Republic should become, effectively, the 51st state – a process he tried to hasten last year with his ludicrous bid to win the Irish presidency. He also conflates being Irish with being Catholic and rejects the Irish credentials of anyone who doesn’t worship at the shrine of 1916. The fact that most Irish-Americans share his opinion doesn’t make it any less offensive.

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