I have been following this case for a while. It is a great read and very reassuring to see common sense prevail in the end.
One thing that struck me was that it was likely that people inside the government were actually trying to have this court case come out the way it did. While we may joke or more, that the lawyers for the government may have been below board, I doubt that is really the case. I suspect they played the hand they were given and that anonymous government employees behind the scenes surreptitiously did things to convey and clarify the problem. For example putting the daughter on the no-fly list. From the lawyers perspective there was little damage she could have done by testifying that she saw her mother getting refused access to a flight, that was pretty much going to be a given, but her being entered on the no-fly list was dynamite. Any government has good and perhaps not so people in it, and I suspect we saw both sides at work here.