DC fires its Heller/Parker attorney
Prompted by a comment, I found the story in the WashPo.
I don't know quite what to make of it. A guess: the DC Atty General, a friend of the Mayor, wants the argument for himself? That's quite a feather in the cap. A justice on the AZ Supreme Court once told me that Sandy Day O'Connor said Supreme Court argument were on average inferior to those she heard in the AZ Court of Appeals. Reason was that every AG wants to take the argument for himself, and they're politicians, not litigators. In the Court of Apps, she said, she heard underprepared attorneys; in the Supreme Court she heard underprepared politicians, and she'd put her money on the underprepared attorney.
Or perhaps just "a new broom sweeps clean." DC got a new Atty General, the outside counsel was hired by the old AG, so goodbye.
I'd bet Morrison is NOT happy. The brief must be filed Friday, which means it's now in final form and at the printer's (Sup. Ct. briefs have to be printed, as in printing press). So they waited until he got the brief written and then popped it on him. But then this is DC, where backstabbing is normal business.
Another update: I don't think DC will move for an extension. First, their brief is due Friday, and has to be printed. It's certainly now at the printers', in finished form. Second, I don't think they would want to talk about why they fired him. It sounds like pure internal politics, and a stab in the back.