In drawing a distinction between a federal lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley to halt NOAA's draconian groundfish catch limits and federal lawsuits like one he filed against NOAA a day later for his Conservation Law Foundation, CLF's senior counsel Peter Shelley said the action was not "hypocritical at all."
Shelley said that Coakley's suit was political, while CLF's was substantive — challenging the new opening of areas closed to fishing and allowing fishermen to carry over 10 percent of their unused 2012 quote to the 2013 fishing year.
"Our suits are not political," Shelley added. "They're strictly based on the facts, and we do it as a last resort."
Yet in 2001, during a lengthy oral dissertation at a professional conference in Phoenix, Shelley provided a detailed explanation for the political benefits of suing the federal government.
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