U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Arguments in NDAA Battle (We Barely Could)
As Voice writer Nick Pinto previously reported, Forrest affirmed many of the plaintiffs' arguments in her district court ruling.
She levied an injunction on the law in September, but the Obama administration quickly filed an emergency appeal with the Second Circuit, which granted the president with a stay on the injunction. As it stands now, the law is still in place, and Obama signed off on a 2013 update of the law in January, which grants the military similarly vague authorities to detain Americans.
"For once, for once, a judge [was] willing to say this is officially unconstitutional no matter to whom, when, or under what circumstances," Ellsberg said during the press conference. "I'll be pleasantly surprised if [the Appeals Court judges] have the courage to do what she's done, and not simply be time-servers for their own advancement. I don't think [Forrester's ruling] will advance her very much."
Afran and Mayer are confident that they sufficiently argued their points, but declined to predict how the court will rule and noted that a decision on the case likely won't be rendered until months from now. Both sides of the lawsuit plan to appeal to the Supreme Court if they lose.
"If we don't prevail, we will appeal to the Supreme Court. If we do prevail, we'll call on the Obama administration to stop their practices," Mayer told the Voice. "Either way I think it's been a huge success because not only did we win [in district court], but we've given the administration and the military the distinct impression that they can't do this without a reaction from the citizens."