UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION SEXUAL MINORITIES UGANDA, : CIVIL ACTION : Plaintiff, : 3:12-CV-30051-MAP : v. : JUDGE MICHAEL A. PONSOR : SCOTT LIVELY, individually and as : MAGISTRATE JUDGE NEIMAN president of Abiding Truth Ministries, : : Defendant. : DEFENDANT SCOTT LIVELY’S RESPONSE TO PLAINTIFF’S LETTER TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE NEIMAN
The March 5, 2014 letter (dkt. 108) filed by Plaintiff Sexual Minorities Uganda (“SMUG”) is nothing more than a transparent attempt to sway these proceedings with inadmissible hearsay and rank speculation. SMUG’s chosen mechanism to “caution” the Court about the hearsay gossip of media bloggers is a procedural nullity that admittedly does not ask the Court to do anything. Having spent much effort and paper in the debate leading up to the Protective Order speculating about the would-be contents of the yet-unsigned Ugandan law, SMUG now advises the Court that the debated provisions never made it into the actual law. Nevertheless, SMUG asserts that a law was indeed signed by Uganda’s President on February 24, 2014, and provides a version of it for the Court’s review. SMUG’s version, however, is unsourced, unsigned, unauthenticated, and, as obvious from the missing dates on page 3, still in draft form. At this point, these deficiencies are more academic than material because SMUG is not asking the Court to do anything with its filing.
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