Plaintiff’s lawyers filed their objection ((9/3/10) to the “Motion to Stay” to permit the NIH’s funding to continue during the DOJ’s appeal. In the plaintiff objection filing, their lawyers argued that DOJ’s request to US District Judge Royce Lamberth failed to demonstrate the admimistration’s efforts have a good chance of succeeding.
The DOJ on 8/31 asked Lamberth to put on hold his decision pending an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington (Sherley v. Sebelius) arguing his preliminary injunction changed the status quo and will cause irreparable harm to researchers, taxpayers and scientific progress. The judge cited the 1996 Dickey-Wicker Amendment in his ruling, stating that Congress prohibited funding any research in which a human embryo was destroyed.
So, the questions is … how many lawyers does it take to cure diseases?