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Further Strange Developments in Jones v. Chappell

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" 'Curiouser and curiouser!' Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)." -- Lewis Carroll

The strange case of Jones v. Chappell, got a little stranger on August 11.  It was curious enough with the district judge's order, noted here and in several posts since.  Then the PACER docket shows a notice of appeal filed August 11 by Jones, which is curious, since the ruling appealed from is in his favor.  Even more curious is that when you download the actual document it isn't by Jones at all.  Or by Chappell.  The appeal is filed by "Mr. Emery D. Soos, Jr. and Dr. Robert V. Justice, Citizens of the State of California."

Um, nice try, guys.  The Court of Appeals is not amused.  "By August 26, 2014, non-parties Emery Soos and Robert Justice shall move in this Court for voluntary dismissal of this appeal or explain in writing why the appeal should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction due to their lack of standing to appeal."

August 26, interestingly, is the day after the deadline for the actual respondent to appeal, and given that there is not a single legitimate reason not to there should be a bona fide appeal in the Ninth Circuit on that date.

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At last, a place where Marc Bookman can be useful.

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