Federal Judge Slams D.C. Lawyers for 'Orwellian' Worldview

Criticizing the D.C. Office of the Attorney General's "dilatory, wasteful action," U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth published an opinion yesterday blasting city attorneys for violating a discovery order. According to the opinion, Lamberth had authorized limited discovery by plaintiffs in a constitutional fight over the right to post signs on lampposts in Washington. Lamberth wrote that even though he didn't give the city permission to do discovery, the attorney general's office went ahead with interrogatories and a request for documents. The plaintiffs requested a protective order to stop the city, which he granted.

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