Monday, March 5, 2007

Supreme Court Issues Two Decisions

Required for Con Law Students (Read Jurist Stories)
In Lance v. Coffman(pdf) a per curium court ruled that Colorado voters did not have standing to challenge redistricting system imposed by the State Supreme Court. The voters argued that the Court imposed system violated Article I's requirement that state legislatures establish the "time, place and manner" of holding elections. The Court ruled that they were litigating an "undifferentiated, generalized grievance about the conduct of government that we have refused to countenance in the past."
In Sinochem Int'l Co. v. Malaysia Int'l Shipping Corp.(pdf) the Court unanimously ruled that federal district courts do not need to decide threshold jurisdiction questions before dismissing cases on other grounds. Jurist has more.
The Court also refused to expedite consideration of the petition for cert in the Hamdan challenge to the MCA.


Anonymous said...

Good decisions by the Court. However, I suppose if several Colorado State legislatures filed suit in the Supreme Court that they would have standing?


Professor Davis said...

They might if their dsitricts were affected.