Monday, June 08, 2009
Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a last-minute stay order just before 4:00 PM today, delaying the sale of Chrysler. While this may only be a temporary measure, it sets up the possibility of a small showdown between the White House and the SCOTUS.
Then again, there's always the possibility that Justice Ginsurg just doesn't like Italians (and doesn't like Fiat's involvement in "New Chrysler").
Can't be that she dislikes Italians: she and Scalia are long-time opera buddies. :)
More likely she recognizes the constitutional issues involved and feels this needs a full-court hearing. Which, given the rate at which SCOTUS moves, will kill the deal and force Chrysler into liquidation. As it should have been in the first place.
....and solicitor general Kagan filed a brief this morning with SCOTUS (check SCOTUS website) stating the Obama position that NO court, not even SCOTUS, has the authority to rule on this matter so kindly butt out...........WOW
Back to the Dark Ages - like the year 2000. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Gore campaign. SCOTUS asked the FSC to explain the decision. Without answering the FSC ruled, in a subsequent matter, in favor of Gore. Though not explicit, SCOTUS took umbrage. Bye, bye Al baby.
All three branches guard their territory zealously. We see this all the time, usually between the legislature and the executive.
Kagan is either incompetent (not outside the realm of possibility) or the administration realizes what a tar baby they are messing with and goaded SCOTUS to take the heat for the denouement.