FSC, Justice Department Extend 2257 Agreement Another 30 Days

Matt O'Conner
DENVER — The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Justice Department have agreed to extend of the original stipulation regarding a motion for a temporary restraining order against enforcement of amended 2257 record-keeping regulations.

The original stipulation, scheduled to expire tomorrow, Sept. 1, 2005, will now be extended for an additional 30 days, until and including Oct. 1, or until the court rules on plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction as requested in Free Speech Coalition et al vs. Alberto Gonzales, whichever occurs first. The case is pending in U.S District Court in Colorado.

The terms of the original stipulation are maintained intact, meaning that FSC members are protected against prosecution under the amended regulations.

FSC attorneys said they expect a decision by U.S District Court Judge Walker D. Miller on the Plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction will be rendered well before the extended deadline.

“Our legal team is the best in the country,” FSC Executive Director Michelle L. Freridge said, “and we have every expectation of a positive ruling by Judge Miller regarding the imminent motion. But we all have to remember that we are just at the beginning of a complicated case that could continue on for another year, during which time we will need the ongoing support of our members and the industry as we build on the successes we have achieved thus far.”

The FSC has said it is grateful to its members for their support and also appreciates the Justice Department attorneys for their cooperation during the process.