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Blawg Review #69

This week, Unlearned Hand hosts Blawg Review # 69. Top coverage goes to the controversy over the ABA's task force on signing statements. A signing statement is a practice whereby the president, instead of simply vetoing a law, signs it but states his reservation about enforcing certain provisions. The ABA task force took issue with President Bush's frequent use of the signing statement, concluding that a statement of intent to ignore the law is contrary to separation of powers (see this Boston Globe article 8/3/06) for more detail). As Blawg Review points out, few agree with the ABA on this one: not National Review's Bench Memos nor my former corporations professor (whom I never even thought of as having a political opinion back in my corporations class!) Dale Oesterle at Business Law Prof Blog  nor Lawrence Tribe who offers this extensive post at Balkinization. There's also a slightly less critical analysis of the task force report by these Georgetown University law professors who formerly served in the Office of Legal Counsel.

In addition, Blawg Review #69 also hits a couple of other topics like how to determine reasonableness in sentencing law and Orin Kerr's must-read, soon-to-be-classic advice on How to Read A Judicial Opinion:  A Guide for New Law Students.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 7, 2006 at 07:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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