UPDATE: January 22, 2018 – Judge Provides Clarity on Next Steps In Bail Case

At a Case Management Conference on Monday, Judge Gonzalez Rogers confirmed that a trial will not be going forward on February 12, 2018, noting that “there is work to be done” to develop the record in the case.

Catherine Sevcenko of EJUL stated that in Plaintiffs’ view, the existing record is “adequate to meet the Court’s concerns.” Harmeet Dhillon for CBAA noted the ways in which CBAA’s participation in the lawsuit as an intervenor defendant had been limited, arguing that more discovery is needed to get the case ready for trial.

Judge Gonzalez Rogers ordered Plaintiffs to file a notice by February 16, describing their proposed “plausible alternatives” to money bail, and the witness(es) on whose testimony Plaintiffs intend to rely for this issue. The Court ordered CBAA to make a request for any specific evidence it would like to gather, and why CBAA believes such evidence is necessary, by February 23. A further hearing will be held on February 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Plaintiffs stated their intent to comply with the Court’s Scheduling Order filed January 16, which instructed Plaintiffs to “identify additional counsel with class action and trial experience to represent the proposed class jointly,” by February 8. The Court further indicated that an order on plaintiffs’ pending class certification motion will be forthcoming.

Finally, Judge Gonzalez Rogers issued an order relating the Dupree case with Buffin, and has invited the Dupree parties to attend the further hearing on February 28.

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