The frivolous lawsuit that Eric Alterman has launched against Alex Melman, Lev Hirschhorn, and the Union Senate is set to take place Saturday at 5pm. Location is TBD, witness lists and evidence are due by Friday at 5pm.
Below is the text of Chief Justice Rachel Graham Kagan’s email:
Having received a case for review from petitioner Eric Alterman against the Student Union Senate and specifically Class of 2011 Senators Lev Hirschhorn and Alex Melman, the Union Judiciary has unanimously decided to grant certiorari, and thus has agreed to hear the case.
The complaint has been made that in passing a particular Senate Money Resolution (SMR) to support a program being organized and run by Democracy for America (DFA) and Students for a Democratic Society, the Senate violated Article IX, Section 1 of the Student Union Bylaws. That section states, “All Senate Money Resolutions must be used for Student Union Government projects and/or operation.”
In the interests of the greatest transparency possible by the Union Judiciary, we have decided to release both this, our order, as well as the original complaint which is attached, to the media and student body.
The Constitution requires that a case must be heard within five academic days unless both parties agree to a date after this period. Tuesday of next week is five academic days from today. Pending consideration by the justices and the input of the parties we will announce the day of the hearing as soon as possible.
Until such time as a Clerk of the Court is appointed, please contact the Chief Justice about the scheduling of a trial date and time. The Union Judiciary recommends holding this hearing Monday afternoon. If this date is unworkable, please provide your availability for Friday – Tuesday of this week.
If either Petitioner or Respondent(s) need assistance in locating appropriate counsel to assist them, the Court will attempt to help, though we can offer no guarantees.
We would remind all parties that only facts presented to the Court at trial through witness testimony or admitted evidence will be used by the UJ when formulating a decision. However, we will be extremely mindful of the limited preparation time both sides will have had, and the lack of specific legal expertise by all parties. Don’t worry.
From this point on, please direct all communication the UJ listserve (email@example.com).