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Judge gets unusual personal appeal on ruling on 'morning-after' pill

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A North Carolina man asked a chief federal judge in New York to “appeal” or “stop” a lower-ranking judge’s order to make a morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

So she sent off a polite response — thanks, but it doesn’t work that way.


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The initial letter, signed by “Dr. Jacob Johnson” of Welcome, N.C., asked U.S. District Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon to intervene so that a ruling from fellow Judge Edward Korman does not make the Plan B One-Step pill available to everyone without a prescription.

“Judge Amon you are Judge Edward Korman’s chief and able to appeal this April 5 ruling before it starts on May 5, but it’s April 22nd and you don’t have much time to do anything,” said the letter, which was filed by the court on Monday.

Judge Amon quickly wrote back to the man in a short, two-paragraph letter.

“Please be advised that my position as Chief Judge gives me no authority to reverse a decision of a judge of my court, nor do I have standing to appeal it,” she wrote. “A challenge to that decision can only be made by one of the parties by an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.”

She signed off with the phrase “Very truly yours.”

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