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Supreme Court Takes CFR Case
US Supreme Court ^ | 5 June 2003 | US Supreme Court

Posted on 06/05/2003 5:09:03 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

At the end of the day today, the US Supreme Court accepted the CFR case (McConnell, et al). The Court will take the case early in its 2003 Term. It will come in a month early, 8 September, for a nearly unprecedented four hour argument.

Briefs by all plaintiffs in the trial court, including Senator McConnell and the NRA, must be filed by 8 July. Defendants below must file by 5 August. Reply briefs must be filed by 21 August.


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KEYWORDS: adban; bubyecfr; cfr; cfrlist; mccainfeingold; supremecourt
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I will file a brief on 8 July, against McCain-Feingold. I may also be covering the oral argument for UPI on 8 September.

Let the games begin.

1 posted on 06/05/2003 5:09:03 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
SHOWDOWN

2 posted on 06/05/2003 5:11:26 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Excellent!
3 posted on 06/05/2003 5:14:53 PM PDT by michigander
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To: Congressman Billybob
Are things like Moore's "documentaries" even covered under this law, or does it just crack down on the issue ads? I'll miss the NRA's half info spots on the evils of liberal gun control laws (and the party that supports those laws).
4 posted on 06/05/2003 5:15:40 PM PDT by Forseti
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To: Congressman Billybob
Every time I see "CFR" I think of "Code of Federal Regulations." :)
5 posted on 06/05/2003 5:17:38 PM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: Congressman Billybob
Looks like the Supreme Court wants to settle the whole mess of campaign finance reform once and for all. Because of the importance of this case, I doubt that any of the nine justices are going to announce their retirements prior to oral arguments in this case. FOUR HOURS? WOW!

Is four hours the longest the USSC has ever set aside to hear a case?

My guess is that McCain-Feingold will be relagated to the ash heap of history by a 6-3, and bitterly divided, vote.

I assume you will be posting your brief when you submit it.
6 posted on 06/05/2003 5:17:44 PM PDT by connectthedots
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To: Overtaxed
Or the Council on Foreign Relations.
7 posted on 06/05/2003 5:18:11 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Congressman Billybob
Another note for all FREEPers who are Believers: Pray for the wisdom of our Justices and the continued health of particularly Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas.

May Freedom Prevail.

8 posted on 06/05/2003 5:19:50 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Perhaps Feingold will be exposed for what he is
And then Tommy can make a sucessfull run for da Russkie's senate seat
9 posted on 06/05/2003 5:22:00 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Good! Your editorial was the best I've read on the subject.
10 posted on 06/05/2003 5:23:36 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: Howlin; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom
fyi
11 posted on 06/05/2003 5:25:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Thanks much for the ping! I would love to be there to hear the oral arguments!
12 posted on 06/05/2003 5:29:03 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: connectthedots
Is four hours the longest the USSC has ever set aside to hear a case?

I have a vague recollection that the Court set aside an entire day for arguments in U.S. v. Nixon, but it's very vague.
14 posted on 06/05/2003 5:29:27 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko
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To: Congressman Billybob
Sorry, I'm clueless.

Is someone hoping the Supremes will OUT CFR as an anti-American cabal of Global Government Tyranny puppet masters?

I hardly think their cronies at the Supreme Court would do that. Besides, they don't want outed from this life.

15 posted on 06/05/2003 5:33:45 PM PDT by Quix (HEBREW VOWEL ISSUE DISCUSSED, SCHOLARS N JUNE BCD search for TRUE HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON CONTINUES)
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To: Congressman Billybob; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; Fred Mertz; ...
Alright !!



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.

16 posted on 06/05/2003 5:34:06 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: connectthedots
I think this is the second time in history, perhaps third, that the Court has ever set an argument this long on a single case. You're right -- I find it hard to believe that any of the current Justices would resign from the Court with this case still hanging.

Normally, a Justice resigns at the end of June, leaving the summer for a replacement to be nominated and approved. This case pending in September puts a crimp in that planning.

Billybob

17 posted on 06/05/2003 5:36:00 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: July 4th
Or the Council on Foreign Relations.

Only when I have my tinfoil on. ;-)

18 posted on 06/05/2003 5:43:59 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: Mike Fieschko
The Nixon case was also granted expedited review, wasn't it? I seem to remember it being decided in mid-summer.

This time, too, the justices have permitted serious inroads into their summer vacation.

19 posted on 06/05/2003 5:46:40 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Congressman Billybob
Does the fact that they took it telegraph at all as to how they will rule?
20 posted on 06/05/2003 5:50:42 PM PDT by RJayneJ (To nominate a Quote of the Day rjaynej@freerepublic.com or put my screen name in the To: line.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Another note for all FREEPers who are Believers: Pray for the wisdom of our Justices and the continued health of particularly Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas."

There is one other justice I would like to nominate for that list: Anthony Kennedy. While he has not been as conservative as the three you mentioned, he is hardly a liberal. Also, I hope Sandra Day O'Conner lives a long life, but also decides to retire soon (within three years) so we can replace her with a solid conservative.

As to the liberal justices (anyone who considers Souter or Stevens a moderate is crazy) I also hope that they remain healthy (as a Christian there are few people I can wish ill upon, and those four are not on my list) but that they decide to retire, soon.
21 posted on 06/05/2003 5:50:59 PM PDT by MainstreamConservative
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To: RJayneJ
I don't think there was any doubt about their taking it, given the way the lower court had ruled. As for their taking it on this expedited basis, I think that's largely a function of the nearness of the '04 election.
22 posted on 06/05/2003 5:55:11 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MainstreamConservative
I fear O'Connor's presence on the court is going to lead to some very fragmented opinions on this law from the Supreme Court.
23 posted on 06/05/2003 5:56:28 PM PDT by aristeides
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24 posted on 06/05/2003 5:59:55 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: aristeides
The Nixon case was also granted expedited review, wasn't it? I seem to remember it being decided in mid-summer.

U.S. v. Nixon went by way of direct appeal to the Court, leapfrogging the Court of Appeals.

The Court heard oral arguments on July 8, 1974, and the decision was issued July 24, 1974.
25 posted on 06/05/2003 6:02:19 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko
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To: Quix
C.F.R.

Campaign Finance Reform.
26 posted on 06/05/2003 6:13:20 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: jimtorr
Campaign Finance Reform.

LOL! I had no idea what that poster was talking about until I read your reply! What a riot!! (No offense to the original poster...maybe he/she was joking).

27 posted on 06/05/2003 6:18:18 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (You're unique--just like everyone else.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Hey, do you know the docket number?

Anyone ??

28 posted on 06/05/2003 6:22:16 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: RAT Patrol
Where is this editorial? I'd like to read it.

Thanks!

29 posted on 06/05/2003 6:35:39 PM PDT by UlmoLordOfWaters
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To: MeeknMing
Twelve consolidated appeals. Supreme Court has set up site for BIPARTISAN CAMPAIGN REFORM ACT CASES. Lead case No. 02-1674, McCONNELL, SENATOR, ET AL. V. FEC, ET AL.
30 posted on 06/05/2003 6:39:16 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MeeknMing
The Supreme Court Order noting "probable jurisdiction" gives the case numbers of all the lower court cases, but does not show the case number of the SC case. It has to be docketed, so it has to have a number, but I don't see it.

The case name is probably McConnell v. FEC since that's the first of the consolidated twelve different cases.

Billybob

31 posted on 06/05/2003 6:40:21 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
This is exactly what was expected. Hopefully, they will trash this puppy promptly. (maybe?)
32 posted on 06/05/2003 6:40:39 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: aristeides
"I fear O'Connor's presence on the court is going to lead to some very fragmented opinions on this law from the Supreme Court."

Which is why I said in my earlier comment that I hope that O'Conner retires. If we can get one more solidly conservative justice, we can at last overturn Roe vs. Wade and end other unconstitutional practices.
33 posted on 06/05/2003 6:40:44 PM PDT by MainstreamConservative
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To: Overtaxed
"Every time I see "CFR" I think of "Code of Federal Regulations." :)"

Me too, but I've finally adjusted to the true meaning:
------------------"Council on Foreign Relations."

34 posted on 06/05/2003 6:44:53 PM PDT by cookcounty
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To: jimtorr
OH.

My bad.

Wellllllllll in a manner of speaking.
35 posted on 06/05/2003 6:48:15 PM PDT by Quix (HEBREW VOWEL ISSUE DISCUSSED, SCHOLARS N JUNE BCD search for TRUE HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON CONTINUES)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Your FR profile page mentions a link to your Hoempage, where your articles can be found, but no such link seems to be present. Did it get lost in one of JohnRob's reconfigurations of FR technology?
36 posted on 06/05/2003 6:48:54 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Overtaxed
Get used to "BCRA" ("Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act"). It seems that's what the Supreme Court is going to call the act.
37 posted on 06/05/2003 6:50:12 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Constitution Day
Ping FYI!!!!
38 posted on 06/05/2003 7:28:58 PM PDT by mykdsmom
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To: UlmoLordOfWaters
Congressman Billybob's editorial
39 posted on 06/05/2003 7:40:19 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Great having you on FR. Any further ponderings on chances of a retirement this year?
40 posted on 06/05/2003 8:04:47 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: connectthedots
I am wondering that myself...perhaps nobody wants to not be a part of this case and will wait to announce retirement.
41 posted on 06/05/2003 8:06:05 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Here's my web addy (which I thought was on my page): http://www.home.earthlink.net/~congressmanbillybob

BB

42 posted on 06/05/2003 8:07:57 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
I can't imagine anybody deciding to resign during the court session either. And nobody would retire next year. Good grief; The amount of time that has passed between retirements is amazing. I just hope we keep the Senate next year when Bush is hopefully re-elected.
43 posted on 06/05/2003 8:09:01 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for the heads up!
44 posted on 06/05/2003 8:11:22 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Congressman Billybob
If no Justice will resign this summer, seems less likely for one to retire right before the 2004 election. Making judges in '04 even BIGGER.
45 posted on 06/05/2003 8:14:59 PM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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To: Alamo-Girl
I almost hope they rule it constitutional just to slap President Bush in the face for signing this piece of sheeot.
46 posted on 06/05/2003 8:16:44 PM PDT by conservativefromGa (www.awbansunset.com)
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To: conservativefromGa
Thank you for sharing your views - but I disagree strongly on both counts.
47 posted on 06/05/2003 8:22:08 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Congressman Billybob
Earthlink, eh? Did you know that's a Scientology-controlled company? Do you really want to be sending your money to those folks?
48 posted on 06/05/2003 8:23:56 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I don't think Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas need those prayers. The ones who do are O'Connor and Kennedy.

The others? I'm not convinced prayers will work. A lobotomy is recommended.
49 posted on 06/05/2003 8:39:59 PM PDT by htjyang
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To: Congressman Billybob

50 posted on 06/05/2003 8:50:05 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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