January 12, 2010

Comstock transcript available online

Media pundits are pontificating wildly about the likely outcome in Comstock v. United States, which the U.S. Supreme Court heard today. It's being framed as an issue of states' rights: Does the federal government have the authority to usurp state rights by civilly committing sex offenders, or is that a power that accords to states alone? According to National Public Radio, "conservatives seemed to be split on the question, with Justice Antonin Scalia strongly opposed to the federal law, and Justice Samuel Alito appearing to endorse it, along with some of the court's liberals." As we await the court's ruling, you might want to review the transcript of the oral arguments yourself, and form your own impressions of what the justices were thinking. Isn't the Web amazing?

It's available HERE.

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