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June 25, 2012

SCOTUS News: No ObamaCare Today, Other Big Decisions Announced. UPDATE: ObamaCare On Thursday

Quick rundown:

Court invalidates mandatory life sentences with no chance of parole for juveniles on 8th Amendment grounds.

Montana's law barring corporate donations to state and local campaigns was ruled unconstitutional (pdf), effectively affirming and expanding reach of Citizens United. On most days this "mini-Citizens United" would be a really big deal.

Arizona Immigration law struck down in parts (pdf) but provision allowing local police to check status upheld but subject to future challenge based on enforcement.

The provision making it illegal to hire illegal immigrants was thrown out. That's a blow to states trying to get involved in dealing with illegal immigration, as that was a common tool.

Scalia is reading his dissent from the bench so....it should be a fun read.

Kennedy wrote the Arizona decision so there's a good chance Chief Justice Roberts wrote ObamaCare decision. Read into that speculation what you will. (Theory via Ben Domenech on Twitter)

See Gabe's post below for background on these cases.

More on all of this soon.

Via SCOTUS Blog: The Court announced all pending decisions will be released on Thursday.

Fun note on Arizona law: "Wise Latina" Justice Sotomayor joined all the other participating justices (Kagan recused herself) in upholding the "racist" so-called "show us you papers" provision.


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