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  1. I understand how these things work through the courts but why don’t we have a system where such large issues of national importance go directly to the Supreme Court? It seems we have just wasted time by having this case heard by a judge many consider less than stellar in legal thinking.

    In some cases I am sure plaintiffs shop around the country for sympathetic jurists who will hand down favorable decisions that, for a time, make the controversy seem solved. Just look at the many headlines blaring the program illegal. Well perhaps it is but we don’t yet really know, do we?

    In the mean time it appears the administration will either continue what has been declared “illegal” or it will cease operation of what they consider a valuable tool in keeping us safe from terrorists.

    Comment by Steven Plunk — Friday, August 18, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Here’s the Wall Street journal’s take, which left folks at my law firm rueing the political sounding opinion, even when they agreed with the result.

    Fortunately, issues thrashing around in the lower courts narrow the issues in contention by the time they reach the Supremes, which makes them far more manageable.

    Comment by Honza Prchal — Friday, August 18, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

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