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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

SAF Files Motion to Hold Nagin, Riley in Contempt

Frustrated by repeated failures to meet court-appointed deadlines, and a pattern of disregard by the City of New Orleans, the Second Amendment Foundation has filed a motion to hold Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley in contempt of federal court.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Jan. 31 in federal district court in New Orleans. The Second Amendment Foundation is suing Nagin and Riley over the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Joining SAF in the lawsuit is the National Rifle Association.

"Mayor Nagin, Chief Riley and the city's attorney have repeatedly failed to communicate with our legal counsel, even for the most trivial of matters related to this lawsuit," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "We were prepared to file this motion months ago, but gave the city several opportunities to comply with the court, and to begin returning seized firearms to their rightful owners. They haven't done it."

"There comes a time when patience runs out," Gottlieb said, "and people need to be held accountable for what amounts to an arrogant disregard for the seriousness of this lawsuit and the rights of New Orleans gun owners."

The motion notes that Nagin and Riley failed to comply with a discovery order issued last Nov. 29 and asks that the court compel them to answer discovery questions from SAF and NRA attorneys. The defendants had been ordered to exchange initial disclosure information by Dec. 12, but ignored that deadline.

"At first," Gottlieb recalled, "Nagin, Riley and the city claimed they had not seized anyone's firearms. Then, faced with the threat of a contempt motion, they 'discovered' that guns had been taken and were being held at a central location. After that, the city promised to begin returning firearms, but put roadblocks in the way for citizens to retrieve their guns."

"The city's behavior in this matter, and particularly that of Mayor Nagin and Chief Riley, has been deplorable, and it is time for them to behave like adults," Gottlieb said. "Since the day the city began seizing firearms, Nagin and Riley have acted as though they are above the law. It is time they learned otherwise."




Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Hangin's too good for them.

I hope their asses land in jail over this. I doubt it, but they do deserve it.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They think they are above the law, since they have the power they don't have to do what a court says. They make the rules as they go along, and obey and dismiss them as they see fit. God forbid you fail to follow the rules, they'll hang you upside down by your heels. See, that is the nature of living in a plutocratic state. You are a just a peon whose sole reason for being is to serve the kings and their sycopantic lickspittles while the likes of Nagin and Riley enjoy the divine right of kings.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's absolutely maddening to see Nagin and his FIlk (filty ilk) continuously get away with shirking the law. One law for me, an other for thee.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Alpineman, RN said...

I'll be interested to see how this pans out. Either way, the outcome could set quite a prescedent.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Face it guys they are above the law. Nothing will ever happen to them in large part because they are black and the guns will never be returned. The lesson is next time don't place any signs in your yard and decide in advance if you will have your weapon taken from your cold dead hands or if you will simply just wet yourself and hand over your weapon. Don't expect them to go after the criminals shooting at rescue aircraft because they realize that they could get shot. It's that simple.

1:16 PM  

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