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More taxpayer dollars go swirling down the drain in defense of enshrined bigotry

by: Eric B.

Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 12:24:38 PM EDT

Michigan's finest legal mind continues to lose his way up the judicial chain.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s motion to have a full bench hear his appeal in Michigan’s landmark gay marriage case.

Schuette had petitioned for an “en banc” hearing — which means full bench — instead of the standard three-judge panel, but the court determined Monday evening that no judge “favored” the suggestion and denied the petition.

How much did it cost to file this petition. Did someone from Michigan have to go to Cincinatti to do it? Did they have to hire someone to do it for them? The people working on this case are not doing it for free. What are their salaries and how much time are they devoting to it, and what other things are going understaffed to accomodate this. How much is this full-throated, behind every hedgerow defense of this law costing the taxpayers of Michigan ... in addition to the $40,000+ for the clownish expert witnesses.

And, no, the fact that they are salaried state employees does not mean that their manhours spent on this somehow doesn't represent tax dollars spent. If those employees weren't working on this, they'd be working on something else. Probably something most people would consider a wiser investment of their tax money.

Eric B. :: More taxpayer dollars go swirling down the drain in defense of enshrined bigotry
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