Executive Branch

Cannon Rules on Mar-a-Lago Case Management Plan

Hyemin Han
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:50 PM

Among U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon's decisions was her determination that Trump will not be required to submit a filing regarding the accuracy of the Justice Department's inventory, even though he disputed this. 

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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon accepted in part and rejected in part special master Judge Raymond J. Dearie's amended case management plan, which was submitted to the court on Sept. 23 after Dearie considered responses to the initial plan from former President Donald Trump and the Justice Department. Among the instructions in the finalized case plan was Cannon's decision that Trump will not be required to submit ex ante final objections to the accuracy of the government's inventory, its descriptions, or its contents prior to the review of the materials by the special master. Dearie's case management plan had originally required Trump to do so by Sept. 30, stating that this would be Trump's last chance to raise "any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the Detailed Property Inventory."

Cannon also amended the timeline for Trump and the Justice Department's cooperation on material submission, categorization, and review, pushing the final deadline for Dearie's review from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16—a "modest enlargement," according to Cannon. Cannon’s order approved Dearie’s briefing timeline for Trump’s prospective motion for a return of property under Rule 41(g).

You can read the finalized case management plan here or below:

Hyemin Han is an associate editor of Lawfare and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked in eviction defense and has interned on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She holds a BA in government from Dartmouth College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth independent daily.

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