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Court resets calendar

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reset the briefing calendar - again. The Appeals Court granted additional time to the Haudenosaunee to resubmit their amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief. The Appeals Court had given them until April 21, 2003 to modify and resubmit a brief that exceeded the 7,000 word limit. The Appeals Court refused to relax this requirement, holding all amici to the same rules. On April 22, 2003 the Haudenosaunee filed a request for more time, stating they did not receive the Court's notice. In an earlier submission, the Haudenosaunee's brief was returned because it did not follow the Appeals Court's format rules. All versions of the Haudenosaunee's brief were filed by their attorneys.

As a result, the Court has given the plaintiffs until June 5, 2003 to file their briefs to respond to the Joint Tribal Coalition's and DOJ's opening briefs (and amici briefs, if they choose). The Joint Tribal Coalition and Department of Justice have 15 days to respond after the plaintiffs file.

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