Have the courts given up on Justice?

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by Sharon Rondeau

Chrysler was sold to Fiat last year after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and taxpayers were unconstitutionally forced to foot the bill while scores of dealerships were closed.

(Mar. 3, 2010) — The link to the controversial opinion of Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez in which he denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by attorneys Stephen Pidgeon and Leo C. Donofrio in the case of RE: in Chrysler LLC et al., previously posted on the public  website, has been removed.

Attorney Leo C. Donofrio documents his discovery of the missing docket number here.  Donofrio stated that The Right Side of Life blog located the document here on the Bankruptcy court’s website, but it is labeled “Not for Publication.”

From the public website hosted by Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, select the “View All” box at the top of the home page, then click the letter corresponding to the name of the case for which information is sought.  The official name of the Chrysler case is “Old CarCo LLC.”  The case number is then found second from the bottom of the list, #09-50002.  Select that, which will bring you to the page for the Old CarCo LLC case.  From there, select “Court Documents” from the left sidebar to find the list of all motions.  The numbers begin in the 6400s, and the researcher must scroll forward to reach lower numbers.  As of this writing, there is no number between 4144 and 4146.

If you type “4145″ in the search box, the file number is found oddly wedged haphazardly between motion numbers 4179 and 4261.  The date of 6/19/2009 is provided, but there is no descriptive text as with other entries.  An active “Document” link is missing, and where the word “Related:” appears, to the right of it is the word “none.”  The document therefore cannot be reviewed from the site.  Why it is not in numerical order, linked to appropriate text, and cross-referenced to other related documents is a mystery.

The Post & Email provided coverage of Judge Gonzalez’s denial to reconsider here.  Several days before the motion was heard, Judge Gonzalez had received a promotion to Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court.

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