We previously discussed a motion filed by my Air Force Appellate Defense Division colleague Capt Tiaundra Sorrell to move up her oral argument in United States v. Perez because the original Perez oral argument date — today — was two days after her baby’s due date. After CAAF granted that motion and moved the Perez argument date to 5 February, the Government sought reconsideration, maintaining that there was no medical reason the argument couldn’t proceed as scheduled. CAAF ultimately accepted the Government’s fall-back position and moved the argument back a day to 6 February.
It turns out that CAAF was wise in its approach. Had the argument proceeded today as originally scheduled, the discussion would likely have been interrupted by the crying of Capt Sorrell’s four-day-old son. At last report, all were doing well.