In case you’ve been wondering what happened to my 11th Circuit appeal in the lawsuit that started this blog, it was dismissed 2 months ago for a missing document, after the clerk’s office told me they had everything. It’s still my fault (should never trust the clerk! ;)), but today my motion to re-instate was granted, and the government’s appellee’s brief is due on October 24th, 2011.

I have to review the rules to see if I get an opportunity to reply to their brief or not, and additionally, the judges can request to have a hearing for oral arguments, if they so choose. But, it looks like we’re on track for an appeals decision by end of year. A decision in my favor sends the case back to the District Court to proceed, while a decision for the smurfs will prompt me to ask for Supreme Court review.