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  •  Well, I'm wondering --can they just (3+ / 0-)
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    SadieSue, sandblaster, worldlotus

    ignore the Supreme Court without being held in contempt? Any lawyers here who know the answer?

    •  Supreme Court order just = denial of stay (2+ / 0-)
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      madhaus, worldlotus

      The Supreme Court order (of one Justice, Sotomayor) did not order anyone to do anything. My understanding is that it simply denied the plaintiffs a stay of the requirement while the litigation is going on, and bounced the case back to the lower court.

      Whether they are in contempt of the lower court depends on what the lower court has ordered. I was under the impression that the litigation hasn't gotten far enough to have a final order.

      I also note that this is not an enforcement proceeding; it's a suit by Hobby Lobby to have the requirement declared inapplicable to them, or unconstitutional, or something. If they lose, they're not in contempt, they just lose. Then the Feds would have to bring whatever type of enforcement proceeding is available to ensure that employers comply.

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