Whooping Cranes Battle Pits County Against State

Earlier this month, the office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed a friend of the court brief in support of The Aransas Project's petition.

The Harris County friend of the court brief argues that the Fifth Circuit embarked on a fact-finding mission in conflict with federal rules of procedure and undermined the decision-making authority of district court judges in a way that could affect future lawsuits initiated or defended by his office.

Terence O'Rourke, special assistant to the Harris County attorney, characterized his office's opposition to the state in litigation as "highly unusual."

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