Having achieved Lois Lerner's goal of mucking up the 2012 elections by holding up the applications by conservative groups for tax-exempt status and then approving them after the damage was done, the IRS sucessfully prevailed in efforts to have the resulting lawsuits dismissed in US District Court.
The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status.
That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.
The judge also gave Lerner a pass, saying that individual IRS officials could not be fined in their individual capacity for allowing such treatment because it could hurt future tax enforcement.
Oh, you'd better believe there are going to be appeals on this. In effect, the judge ruled that suppression of free speech by the government is permissible, so long as they eventually allow it.
“The Court acknowledges in its opinion that the IRS did in fact target True the Vote for our perceived political beliefs, but then it holds that neither the agency nor the individual IRS agents or officers are responsible for this unconstitutional conduct.”
Nope, they can do whatever they want. As long as they eventually stop behaving unethically and illegally.
"Justice", they say, "is blind." Apparently so.