This week, the law firm King & Spalding withdrew its representation
of the U.S. House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where such unions are legal. While it was clear that the case would be politically controversial from the start, the lead attorney for the House of Representatives and former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement vehemently objected to the firm’s withdrawal and immediately resigned from the firm.
Posted: 4/29/2011 10:18:04 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments
Those who believe that U.S. Supreme Court decisions are based on politics rather than law got something of a smackdown from Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School in an op-ed piece published by The New York Times. In the commentary, Prof. Tribe provides myriad reasons why the high court will not strike down the recently-enacted overhaul of health care, citing the fact that members of the Court have long upheld a broad interpretation of the Necessary and Proper clause, including some of the very Justices who are assumed to oppose the law.
Posted: 4/1/2011 12:00:00 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments