The Supreme Court today granted a writ of certiorari in Arizona et al. v. United States (No. 11-182), the state’s appeal of an April 2011 opinion by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked implementation of several key provisions in the law popularly known at “S.B. 1070.”
Adding further to the historic rank of the Supreme Court’s current Term, the Justices on Monday took on the searing constitutional — and political — controversy over state power to strictly limit the way undocumented immigrants live their lives in the U.S. Along with the politics-saturated but deeply consequential constitutional disputes over the new federal health care law and the role of federal courts in drawing up new election districts to protect minority voters’ rights, the Term that will run through late June is assured of being one of the Court’s most significant single years ever. The federal government is involved in all three disputes, and its main adversary in each is the same: prominent Washington lawyer and former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, who is also battling the government in lower courts over same-sex marriage. The marriage issue, though, has only the slimmest of chances of getting to the Court this Term in any form.
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