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Barbecue Guide to the 'Hamdan' Case

Not one to mince words, Norm Pattis at Crime & Federalism says that yesterday's ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld "has the potential to go down in history as one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the new century." Such precedential pronouncements about the case are in abundance today. As Carolyn Elefant noted here yesterday, online media and the blogosphere are awash in reviews and summaries of the case.

But what about you? With it being the barbeque-laden 4th of July weekend, and you being a lawyer, are you prepared with pithy comments about the case to impress your friends and relatives? Lucky for you, Andrew Cohen at Bench Conference has just what you need, "a 'talking points' memo about the case that you can use at cocktail parties and barbeques this weekend." Here, for example, is Cohen's  talking point No. 9:

"How about the Chief Justice? Now he has to spend all summer thinking about how five of his colleagues on the bench think he got the most important case of his life, so far anyway, completely wrong. Yes, it was John G. Roberts, Jr.'s appeals court ruling, announced last July when he still was on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, that the Court's majority eviscerated Thursday."

Now, as you sit this weekend on the bench of the burger court, you can relax, confident with canned beverage in one hand and canned comments in the other.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 30, 2006 at 04:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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