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Roberts jumps right in

Newly minted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is jumping straight into the deep end. The high court is hearing a case in which the White House is challenging Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law.

On what grounds, you ask? Well, the Justice Department contends that Oregon's law violates the federal Controlled Substances Act.

A question: Can anyone possibly believe that these federal drug war laws have yielded enough benefits to justify the violence they've wreaked on federalism and genuine civil liberties?

The outcome of the final decision is unclear, but I have to say I'm glad O'Connor's still on the bench for this one. She seems very skeptical of the government's argument here.


Let's hope they issue the ruling before Miers (*shudder*) or whoever else replaces her, because otherwise? Her vote goes right out the window.

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