In an update to my on-going debate with the good Col, I would like to point out that there was no petition for reconsideration filed, at least by 4 Oct 06, and because the case was decided on 20 Sep 06, I think we are out of time. Petitions for reconsideration often seemed to be used to buy the government more time to consider a cert petition. So either the Air Force has already decided to go to the SG and doesn’t need more time and Lane is on the fast-track, or maybe the government is less upset about this decision than the Col might believe.
Or, of course, they just blew the date. Happens to the best of us.