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Nevada Governor Hires Special Counsel to Join Healthcare Lawsuit After AG's Refusal

Two weeks ago, we pointed out that the debate over the new healthcare law had resulted in some infighting, with several states' governors on opposite sides of the issue from their own attorneys general.

Gov. Jim Gibbons, of Nevada, really really didn't like that AG Catherine Cortez Masto refused to sign onto the lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality. So, as reported on the Wild Wild Law blog, he went out and hired another lawyer to represent the state, authorizing himself to do so by executive order.

That lawyer, Mark Hutchison, has agreed to take the case pro bono. (He also enjoys "collecting rare leather books and vintage fountain pens.") He and Gibbons appeared on Fox News to discuss the case with Greta Van Susteren (to the extent any interaction with Greta can be deemed a discussion).

The debate has already begun as to whether Nevada law allows Gibbons to leapfrog the AG like this, even if it doesn't cost the taxpayers anything. Who's taking odds on whether Nevada remains a party to the suit?

Posted by Eric Lipman on April 8, 2010 at 02:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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