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On Sept. 16, the Justice Department filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit a Motion for a Partial Stay Pending Appeal. The government noted that although it "believes the district court fundamentally erred" in its Sept. 5 Order appointing a Special Master and imposing an injunction, it was asking to stay only those portions of the order relating to approximately 100 documents marked as classified.