Well, Troofers, your pie-in-the-face ending has arrived. Despite the greatest election lawyer in the history of the universe, despite 80,000 signatures, despite that massive march through New York City:
You can see Judge Lerner's order here (PDF file). Key bit:
While petitioner's counsel argues that the severability provision of paragraph 20 of the Petition allows the court to strike any provisions thereof that are unconstitutional or invalid, the extent of the impropriety of the proposal, as correctly set forth by the referee, would result in a substantial evisceration of the Petition, and even if legally permissable, would be inappropriate as inconsistent with the law sought by the signatories to the Petition.
Not surprisingly, the Troofers did not have a backup plan:
The deadline for inclusion on the ballot falls just before the election, making it possible to appeal Judge Lehner’s decision. NYC CAN is weighing all options and will make an announcement early next week on this issue, as well as on how it will be moving forward on other fronts. Regardless of the outcome in court, the quest for answers continues full throttle. This fight is only the beginning.
Translation: Send more money!
Hat Tip to LashL, the Goddess of Legaltainment at the JREF forum.
Update: Jon Gold threatens to throw it all away:
I may be participating in this. It all depends on whether or not I decide to give up my job, my apt, etc... If you don't care about those things, then I recommend you participate.
Under "this" he links to Cindy Sheehan's blog, where she calls for volunteers:
We are calling for 5000 people to commit to come to this Nation’s Capitol to participate in daily civil resistance to stop “business as usual,” because “business as usual” in this town is so corrupt and disordered.
We are not calling for this commitment for a day, a week, or a month. We are not even interested in making symbolic gestures. We are calling for this commitment until our demands of: All troops and para-military mercenaries, are ordered out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the drone bombings in the tribal regions of Af-Pak are discontinued and we get about the business of healing, reconciliation and REPARATIONS.
However, Jon will have to find another way to waste his time, because Cindy's project is not exactly imminent:
Hopefully we can begin Peace of the Action by the 7th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on March 19th.