Gov't Says Jet Part Sales Up To Its Discretion

By Bryan Koenig (July 8, 2016, 9:14 PM EDT) -- Government attorneys urged a D.C. federal judge Friday to toss a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Department of Defense to hand over parts for a Vietnam-era training jet, arguing the decision not to sell the components is entirely up to the Pentagon's discretion and cannot be challenged.

The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act leaves property sales entirely up to the Defense Department's discretion, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said, meaning the court has no jurisdiction under the Administrative Procedure Act to hear the challenge from nonprofit Teton Historic Aviation Foundation.

"Proving defendants' point, Teton has not identified any relevant...

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