Court puts hold on NASA inquiries

first_imgAn emergency motion to the 9th Circuit was made after a lower court on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction sought by 28 JPL employees in a lawsuit against NASA. JPL, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, has some 5,000 employees. “The court has not had the opportunity to consider fully the voluminous material filed in connection with the emergency motion,” the 9th Circuit’s order said in an order that enjoins NASA through Oct. 12. “As far as we can determine in the short time available, appellants likely raise serious legal and constitutional questions and show the probability of irreparable harm. What is quite clear is that the balance of hardships tips strongly in their favor,” said the order by Judges Betty Binns Fletcher, Stephen Reinhardt and Marsha S. Berzon. By John Antczak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency temporary injunction sought by some employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who claim newly required background checks invade their privacy and allow open-ended investigations into their lives. The employees had a Friday deadline to comply with the Bush administration directive or face the possibility of losing their jobs. They were required to fill out questionnaires and submit a waiver allowing the investigations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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