Attorney-at-Law

EARTH TO RESPONDENT

In Uncategorized on 02/16/2018 at 16:15

Judge David Gustafson is sometimes a trifle idiosyncratic in retaining jurisdiction over cases in long-term reporting mode. See my blogpost “He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me,” 12/8/17.

But when he has locked onto jurisdiction in a case, he grapples it with hoops of steel, as a much finer writer than I put it.

So here’s a designated hitter to close out the work-week before the born-again Presidents give us a three-day break, Robert Rose, Docket No. 2060-17, filed 2/16/18.

Back in November last year, Judge Gustafson put Rob and IRS on the 90-day reporting list, and explicitly retained jurisdiction.

But when IRS reported yesterday for the first time on the new regime, IRS’ counsel asked “Respondent requests that Judge Gustafson retains jurisdiction of this case and orders another status report due in May or August 2018.” Order, at p. 1.

It must have been a very long day for that Obliging Jurist, because Judge David Gustafson waxes a wee bit testy, giving IRS a wake-up call.

First, you make motions. Putting requests for judicial intervention in status reports runs the risk of your request being overlooked. Moreover, the Judge can’t stamp the document “Granted” or “Denied” without engaging in busywork.

But ever willing to go the twain, or even the thrain, when a litigant, be the litigant a humble pro se or even the Com’r hisself, asks him to go the mile, Judge Gustafson does it.

“Moreover, in this instance, the request was unnecessary, and no motion was needed. By the Court’s order of November 27, 2017, the undersigned judge had already retained jurisdiction and had already required the filing of periodic status reports (“… and every 90 days thereafter”). However, respondent’s inclusion of the request in his status report makes us suppose that he may have overlooked the requirement of periodic status reports in our prior order and might fail to comply with that requirement unless we issue yet another order.” Order, at p. 2.

Shortening somewhat C. L. Dodgson’s immortal line, Judge Gustafson says “What I tell you two times is true,” and confirms that his above-referred-to order remains in full force and effect.

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