Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oral Argument in ACORN v. USA in Second Circuit on June 24

The following is a press release from Center for Constitutional Rights. It is relevant to the story I posted at Daily Kos the other day, which garnered 100s of comments, and some controversy. Picking up from President Obama's Department of Justice decision to appeal the decision tossing out the illegal Congressional ban on funds for community activist organization, ACORN, the article asked, Why Did Obama Join Reactionaries in Dumping on ACORN?
Oral Argument in ACORN v. USA Tomorrow
Attorneys Say Congress Violated Constitution in Defunding Group Cleared of Wrongdoing in Federal Report Last Week

New York, NY – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will make oral argument on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the case of ACORN v. U.S.A. regarding the Congressional defunding of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) last year without inquiry or investigation. Last week, a federal report cleared the group of false charges of misusing federal funds and election fraud.

In March, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government and several federal agencies to rescind orders cutting off funding to the community organization, its affiliates and allies. The U.S. government has appealed this order.

WHAT: Oral Argument in ACORN v. U.S.A.
WHO: CCR Volunteer Attorney Jules Lobel, CCR Attorney Darius Charney
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. (please arrive by 9:30 a.m. for security and seating)
WHERE: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 500 Pearl Street, 9th Floor, Ceremonial Courtroom, New York, NY 10007

Said CCR Volunteer Attorney Jules Lobel, "It is not the job of Congress to be the judge, jury, and executioner. We have due process in this country, and our Constitution forbids lawmakers from singling out a person or group for punishment without a fair investigation and trial."

For more information on the case, including briefs and a detailed explanation of material support, visit CCR's ACORN case page.

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