31 Jan 2009

Lawyers for CNMI asks Federal Court to dismiss US govt's reply to federalisation lawsuit

5:58 am on 31 January 2009

Lawyers for the CNMI have asked the Washington, D.C. Federal District Court to dismiss the US government's latest reply to the federalization lawsuit because the United States' brief exceeded the number of pages allowed.

On Friday, lawyers for the U.S. government filed their latest motion to dismiss the federalization lawsuit.

The reply was 33 pages which the CNMI says is eight more than the 25-page maximum, and the US failed to ask for a page extension beforehand.

Also, the CNMI lawyers asked the court to schedule a hearing as soon as possible regarding the United States' arguments in their motion to dismiss the suit, which seeks to block the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act, federalizing local immigration laws.

The new law, unless delayed, will go into effect on June 1st.