Jules Lobel and a Win for ACORN
On Friday, December 11, Federal District Judge Nina Gershon issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the US defendants from implementing the statutory provision defunding ACORN. Professor Jules Lobel was the lead attorney on behalf of ACORN and argued the case before Judge Gershon on December 4. He was quoted in the New York Times and other media outlets the day after the decision.
According to the Times,
In the opinion, Judge Nina Gershon wrote of Acorn, “They have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or even administrative, process adjudicating guilt.” …
Jules Lobel, a lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought the suit on behalf of Acorn, said the resolution was the first time Congress had ever singled out one group for punishment. “Whenever you challenge a statute of Congress, it’s always a significant political battle,” Mr. Lobel said.