Monday, December 31, 2007

On Doe v. Chao, Opinion No. VII

In Doe v. Chao, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge Wilkinson held that Judge Williams of the W.D. Va. in his latest opinion (Doe VI) strayed beyond the mandate from the Fourth Circuit following its latest opinion (Doe V) reversing the post-remand decision by the District Court (Doe IV) in this long-running Privacy Act case that was the subject of an earlier Supreme Court opinion (Doe III) that affirmed the first Fourth Circuit opinion (Doe II) that reversed the District Court's opinion (Doe I).

Judge Wilkinson observed: "Even litigation spawning multiple Roman numeral suffixes must come to an end."

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