Gainesville political consultant Pat Bainter is asking the Florida Supreme Court to halt its decision to force him to release of 538 pages of redistricting documents and trial transcripts so that he can have time to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a rare unanimous ruling from the state court, the justices ordered that the documents be unsealed by Nov. 20 because Bainter waited too long to argue that releasing them was a violation of his First Amendment rights. But Bainter told the court in a motion on Tuesday that he wants to appeal the ruling to the nation's high court.
"Disclosure of the documents and sealed materials before the 90 day deadline expires would deprive the Non-Parties of the time needed to formulate the precise question(s) for a petition for writ of certiorari, and to then draft and file the petition,'' Bainter's attorneys wrote in a motion filed on Tuesday. Download Filed_11-18-2014_Motion_for_Stay
He argued that the court should apply a heightened standard when concluding that someone has "waived" their federal rights.
The Florida court ruled that “in accordance with the overriding public interest in openness to judicial proceedings and records, we direct that the sealed portions of the trial transcript, as well as the sealed documents themselves, should be and hereby are ordered unsealed.”