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Monday, January 18, 2016

Ind. Courts - More on "ACLU Lawsuit against Indiana Governor Seeks Relief for Syrian Refugees" [Updated]

This Nov. 24, 2015 ILB post linked to the complaint filed by the ACLU of Indiana in Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Mike Pence, et al., which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, on November 23, 2015.

This Dec. 31, 2015 story by Brian Slodysko of the AP began:

A federal judge denied Indiana's request to delay a court hearing until a refugee relocation group that sued Gov. Mike Pence hands over years' worth of requested documents.

U.S District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Tuesday granted the state a small delay, postponing a January hearing until February. But she said the hearing won't be postponed again, even if Exodus Refugee Immigration doesn't turn over the documents that the state wants.

That, she ruled, is because there is an urgency to the request made by Exodus, which wants to overturn Pence's order barring state agencies from participating in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. * * *

ACLU attorney Ken Falk said in a court filing that the state's request for about five years' worth of documents was "breathtaking" in scope and had "nothing to do with the issues in this case."

"Given that all Exodus does is resettle refugees" the state is basically demanding "all documents about all aspects of (Exodus) functions since 2011," he said.

Molly Gillaspie, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Greg Zoeller, whose office represents Pence in the case, disputed the ACLU's characterization.

"The state's discovery requests in this case are not unusually broad in size or scope, rather they are typical for cases of this magnitude," she wrote in a statement.

Gillaspie also insisted the judge's ruling was a decision that "granted everything" the attorney general's office has asked for.

On Jan. 15 Indiana's AG "filed in federal court both its formal answer to the complaint and its response to the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction."

Here is the 21-page answer filed by the State of Indiana on Jan. 15, 2016.

[Updated 2/5/16] Here is the plaintiff Exodus Refufee Immigration reply brief, filed 1/29/16.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 18, 2016 10:39 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts