Tuesday :: Jan 17, 2006

SCOTUS upholds Oregon's assisted suicide law 6-3


by eriposte

Big news. Of all people, Justice Anthony Kennedy said:

....the "authority claimed by the attorney general is both beyond his expertise and incongruous with the statutory purposes and design."

"The authority desired by the government is inconsistent with the design of the statute in other fundamental respects. The attorney general does not have the sole delegated authority under the (law)," Kennedy wrote for himself, retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer.

Dissents were from the expected group - Roberts, Scalia and Thomas.

Scotusblog has more.

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