The Kevin Na of Government Lawyers

The Kevin Na of Government Lawyers
Chris Bray
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston owes the First Circuit a response to Boston College’s appeal over the second round of Belfast Project subpoenas. But they can’t quite bring themselves to pull the trigger, the poor things:

MOTION to extend time to file brief filed by Appellee US. Certificate of service dated 06/05/2012. [12-1236] (REK) 06/06/2012

ORDER granting motion to extend time to file brief filed by Appellee US. Brief due 07/06/2012 for appellee United States. [12-1236] (AS) 07/05/2012

MOTION to extend time to file brief filed by Appellee US. Certificate of service dated 07/05/2012. [12-1236] (REK) 07/06/2012

ORDER granting motion to extend time to file brief filed by Appellee US. Brief due 07/13/2012 for appellee United States. [12-1236] (AS)

In their latest motion, the government says they need more time to file their brief because everybody was out of the office for the July 4th holiday. And let’s be fair: how could they possibly have anticipated that? (Where have I heard this before?)

In other news, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently replaced the lawyer assigned to promulgate the subpoenas as a commissioner under the terms of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. Sixteen months after the subpoenas first went out, they’re on their third commissioner.

Blown deadlines, musical chairs, weak oral argument: this is an office that is going through the motions for a case they don’t like.