Tuesday, June 6, 2006
American Bar Association President Michael Greco announced today the formation of a Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine. The news release here states that the task force will "examine constitutional and legal issues raised by presidents of the United States attaching legal interpretations to federal legislation they sign." It also states that, "[t]he task force will study thoroughly the implications of presidential signing statements for the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers and interpretation of laws." The work of this task force could have implications in the prosecution of white collar crime, most likely in the area of extraterritorial prosecutions.