Issue: Courts respond to Cloud lawsuit
Situation Report Summary: Judge rules in favor of BLM, appeals judge says, "Whoa!"
(Continued from Part One.)
Peaceful demonstrators outside the federal courthouse.
On July 15, 2011, Federal District Court Judge Howard McKibben ruled in favor of the Bureau of Land Management, allowing the BLM to proceed with the "Triple B" horse roundup. The Cloud Foundation, et al, had argued that BLM had, among other things, not sufficiently documented the need to remove so many horses.
However shortly after Judge McKibben issued his ruling, Circuit Judge Richard Paez of the United States Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction suspending the roundup until the merits of the Cloud Foundation's filings could be more carefully considered.
It is likely that a three judge panel will determine if there is cause to indefinitely postpone the roundup until the facts of the matter can me more meticulously considered.