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September 19, 2006

Tid Bits

Looking for a unique gift? Howard Bashman points out that there's an Anton Scalia bobblehead doll on e-bay. (Auction ends September 27, so act soon!).

The Ninth Circuit upheld an ordinance concerning picketing over a constitututional challenge, rejecting First Amendment challenges. The decision was unanimous.

It's almost October, and people are focusing in on the upcoming Term at the Supreme Court. A good preview can be found here, at the American Lawyer. There are several cases involving statutory interpretation on the docket, including:

Mass. v. EPA, No. 05-1120, addressing whether the EPA properly concluded it couldn't regulate green house gases (no, that sentence isn't backwards). There, the Massachusetts AG argued "The ruling in this case is an extreme departure from this Court's precedents on statutory interpretation. To allow this decision to stand would be to sanction an enormous shift of power to administrative agencies, effectively letting them dismantle statutory regimes they simply do not like."

Lopez v. Gonzales, No. 05-547 and Toldeo-Flores v. U.S., No. 05-7664, both of which analyze whether something that's a misdemeanor under federal law, but a felony under state law, is an "aggravated felony" under the Immigration and Nationality Act and thus a deportable offense.

There are more, but that's a tid bit.

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