Thursday, December 23, 2010
On Monday, Lanny Davis and David Rivkin filed a bipartisan amicus brief on behalf of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) with the Supreme Court in the Stern v. Marshall case to defend civil rights litigants’ constitutional rights in state courts.
The two argue that expanding the authority of specialty courts infringes on individual rights to a fair trial. Harry Alford, President at NBCC, added, "Here at the National Black Chamber we are dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities, something that may be jeopardized if this case sets precedence for uncertainty. Therefore, Stern v. Marshall highlights the importance of maintaining the long-held tradition of allowing state and federal courts, who are constitutionally empowered to rule broadly on a variety of issues, to hear cases involving potential violation of civil rights."
Former White House Officials File Bipartisan Amicus Brief in Anna Nicole Smith Estate Case, Poten & Partners, Dec. 21, 2010.