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Monday, March 28, 2005

Not Much From the Medellin Arguments

The reports from SCOTUSblog and others (here and here) all seem to suggest that the Justices will likely not give us a ruling on the merits.

My favorite exchange, reported by Tony Mauro is between Justice Kennedy and Donald Donovan (Debevoise & Plimpton, Medellin's lawyer). Kennedy asked Donovan whether there was any precedent for "an international tribunal in effect to bind this Court."

Donovan said that the Supremacy Clause makes treaties the supreme law of the land.

Kennedy replied, "So you're telling me you don't have a case."

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