getting students to engage the news…
Lawyers who work on amicus briefs before the Supreme Court say it can cost $25,000 to $100,000 in lawyers’ time and expenses to prepare one, plus $1,500 or more to have them printed and distributed at the court.
This is one of those issues that is ultimately “generational” in terms of how it will affect our country regardless of how the Supreme Court ultimately decides this case.
As you are probably aware, the central issue of the case is the MANDATE, and there has been much discussion about the constitutionality of said practice. There are a number of arguments going around about how the Mandate is necessary because we all are going to need health care eventually, so we are really just getting something we would need in the future anyway. Also, there are those who are arguing that
You also have President Obama lamenting about the potential for “judicial activism” and then a federal court judge in Texas rebuking the President and demanding a clarification in a separate case. Ultimately, this is one of the most politicized Supreme Court cases in years. I would go as far to suggest that the outcome of this decision will affect the outcome of the presidential elections this fall. The outcome of this decision will certainly affect the bottom line of a large number of people, that’s why there is so much money being spent to “persuade” the court with amicus curae (hmm, I wonder what that means?) briefs.
What do you think? Do you think the Mandate is Constitutional? Why or Why not? (If you are focusing on this question, make sure to provide evidence to support your position.) What about the sparring between the President and the Court? Do you think this case is “too political?” Does it characterize “judicial activism?” Does the fact that it is almost certain to come down to a 5-4 split mean that the decision will be only “quasi-legitimate?”