Guardsman Fighting Military on Term Extension
Attorneys for a California National Guardsman say they’ll continue to fight a military policy that could send their client to Iraq, beyond his term of duty.
Friday, November 5, 2004
Attorney Michael Sorgen (SORE-ghen) expressed disappointment at the federal district court judge’s decision to deny a request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent his client, known as “John Doe 2” from going to Iraq later this month. Cut: Sorgen2 (:09) “I’m sure I would have preferred to call the client and tell him you’re not going to Iraq, so we’re going to have to try to accomplish that at a higher level.” Sorgen says he’ll take his case for an injunction to the 9th Circuit court of appeals. The move is a challenge to the military’s “stop loss” policy that extends enlistments beyond soldiers’ termination dates— currently affecting those deployed to Iraq. Attorneys for the soldier say if he is deployed as scheduled, he’ll serve several months beyond his termination date. Another soldier who challenged the military’s stop loss policy dropped his suit, after learning he would not be returning to Iraq. SOC