Thursday, February 9, 2017
Inquiries and Reviews
Susan Vella is the lead lawyer in Canada's National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Here is an excerpt from a press conference report that appeared in Tuesday's Toronto Star:
Vella also said that when the hearings get underway, people shouldn’t expect the traditional “western courtroom.” The goal is to incorporate indigenous customs to the process, which could include a circle instead of front-to-back courtroom-style set-up, and allowing evidence to be submitted through traditional storytelling, poetry or art...
Meanwhile, in the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, White House lawyer and special counsel to the assistant attorney general August Fientje
argued that the plaintiffs, the States of Washington and Minnesota, did not have standing to challenge the president's action because the executive order was "well within the president's power."
That lead to a skeptical question from Judge Michelle Friedland, who asked, "Are you arguing, then, that the president's decision in that regard is unreviewable?"
Fientje paused before saying yes.