A D.C. federal judge on Thursday implored Congress to pass necessary legislation approving a $1.41 billion settlement in long-running Indian trust suit Cobell v. Salazar, saying that justice is on hold because of inactivity on Capitol Hill. The judge extended the latest deadline, April 16, until the end of May, saying he will convene a public hearing in May in the event Congress fails to act. Without congressional authorization, the settlement will "whither on the vine," noted an Interior Department official.
Deadline Extended for Third Time in $1.4 Billion Indian Trust Case
The National Law Journal
April 9, 2010