Intervening Party Filings, and Possible Media Attention
Today, a fairly litigious intervening party named T.B. Bradley filed a pair of motions in conjunction with Philip Berg’s case against Barack Obama in Federal Court in Philadelphia. The first motion, a motion to intervene, was better-constructed than the previous intervening motion filed by a gentleman from California, and stated many of the same allegations as did Phil Berg. The second motion, however, turned out to be a public motion asking for confidentiality, interesting because the motion itself bears the intervening party’s name.
Rule 24 does indeed state that a non-party who has an interest in a pending action can protect his or her rights by becoming an additional party and presenting a claim of their own. I was quick to judge the filings, especially the first one, as meaningless and irrelevant — the point I was feebly attempting to make is that I firmly believe that our focus, that the focus of the ongoing debate and discussion, should be on the case in chief and not the other measures.
I hope that makes sense.
In the meantime, I heard from one of my contacts here at the courthouse that she received a telephone call from a “very interested” reporter at the Washington Post. I have no doubt that certain folks in the mainstream press have been keeping an eye on the case — this leads me to believe (again, I cannot know for certain) that an order from Judge Surrick will likely spark a little bit of media interest. On that front, we’ll see.
As for that order, as of right now–3:51 p.m. on Tuesday–there is nothing from Judge Surrick. I have a completely unsubstantiated hunch that we’ll see something in the next few days, possibly an order addressing all four pending motions. Again, it’s just a hunch — we’ll see.