The Louisiana Choose Life license plate won another round in court on Friday, August 9, 2002, when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant an "en banque" hearing which would have given the plaintiffs a hearing before all on the circuit.

In March, 2002, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs did not have a standing to challenge the license plate.  They ordered the Federal District Judge, Stanwood Duval, to lift his injunction on the sale of the plates.  The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, the New York law firm which is suing the state over the plate, immediately asked for a full hearing before the 5th Circuit.  Friday's ruling dashed all hope of that.  According to Bill Rittenberg, a local attorney involved in suing the state, the plaintiffs might try to get the Supreme Court to hear the case and they will probably ask Judge Duval to keep the injunction intact until that happens.  "We're going to continue to do everything to keep them from becoming available," Rittenberg said.

Local pro-life attorney, Dorinda Bordlee, expects that the plates will be on the road within a few months.

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