Do you believe everything you hear on the radio or read in the newspaper about the ESA?
Join us weekly as we dispel common myths about ESA. We will provide you with the correct information. Every week we will present a myth and follow it with the facts. Just press on our Widget. Feel free to take this information to your own website!
Myth: Judges always give deference to the Federal government’s position during ESA court cases.
Fact: The government is only given deference when we have done a good job of describing the basis for our decision. If we clearly explain the information we considered (including addressing inconsistencies, differing interpretations, and data gaps), show a reasonable connection between the information considered and our recommended course of action, and articulate the rationale for our conclusion, then courts will generally defer to our decisions.
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Last updated: November 13, 2013