Originally Posted by winnre
Cliff Notes for us late comers?
Here is the meat (but no potatoes) of it as I understand it:
Alameda County made it basically impossible to hold a gun show. For 12 years it went back and forth in the 9th circuit court. The Nordykes temporarily "lost"... but then the Heller federal case breathed new life into the case, and they fought it out some more. The Nordykes won. Then, because of a rarely-excercised right of the court to hear a case "en banc", (more judges than the 3 judge panel that is normal), that win was vacated (set asside). Then, when it was time to re-argue the case in front of the larger panel of judges, Alameda county surrendered wihtout a fight.... in Oral arguments, they conceded their case to avoid the court ruling once again for the Nordykes, thereby gaining a case to cite in future lawsuits.
After all of this BS, the Nordykes (and Don) tried to get the court to force Alameda county to pay for some attorney fees for dragging it on for several years for no reason... the court denied the motion, so they appealed that denial and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
So... basically... a chicken-snit move by Alameda county robbed Don out of millions of dollars in lost revenue, the Nordykes out of a victory, and the entire gun community a case win that could have been cited in the future.