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  •  The omission of Breyer's name in (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, CenPhx, apimomfan2

    this diary and comment thread seems to presume his vote's a lock against Hobby Lobby. I'd like to take that for granted, as well, but his recent assault against the 4th Amendment in Fernandez v. California is troubling.

    Obama is apparently OK with TPP's price tag of thousands of preventable deaths, due to projected increase in drug costs in impoverished nations. Does it make a difference to you if HRC supports TPP as well?

    by WisePiper on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:53:36 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, not sure he is lock (2+ / 0-)
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      CenPhx, apimomfan2

      Apparently, Roberts suggested some narrow ruling and Breyer said he would be open to that.

    •  Lyle Denniston over at SCOTUSblog (4+ / 0-)
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      blackhand, WisePiper, CenPhx, apimomfan2

      had this to say about Breyer's contribution to the argument -

      Although the Solicitor General had to contend mostly with questions and comments by the conservative members of the Court, he also had some difficulty when one of the Court’s moderate liberals — Justice Stephen G. Breyer — finally moved into the argument to ask why the government couldn’t just pay for the services it wanted female workers to have.

      Verrilli tried to answer by saying that, if the government did try a different way to assure such services for corporate employees, the religious owners of some companies would just challenge that, too.  That did not satisfy Breyer, who wanted to know “how this case fits into the broader spectrum” of how courts and government accommodate religion.

      Breyer did not seem to be lining up with the corporations, but instead looking for assurances that a ruling against them in this case might have broader implications that worried him.

      Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

      by mikidee on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 11:13:07 AM PDT

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