The Trump administration is ramping up efforts to quash a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young people.
Trump’s legal team on Friday took an unusual step that shows just how determined the Justice Department is to keep Juliana v. United States from going to trial.
Lawyers filed a “writ of mandamus” petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a federal judge’s decision from November, which denied the government’s motion to dismiss the precedent-setting lawsuit.
A mandamus is considered a “drastic and extraordinary” remedy reserved for “really extraordinary causes,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the Supreme Court’s 2004 majority opinion Cheney v. U.S. The administration essentially wants to leapfrog over a lower court in hopes of finding a more favorable ruling in a higher court. Read more…