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  •  Also means plain old interpreting federal law (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, I think that's most of the time (I could be wrong).  But Castleman has to do with whether or not a conviction under this particular law in Tennessee qualifies as a conviction for the purposes of 18 USC 922(g)(9).  Neither the state law or 18 USC 922(g)(9) is under review here.

    •  as we saw with citizens united (1+ / 0-)
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      the majority is fully capable of ruling beyond what is asked. but it is interesting that on an issue of specific gun restrictions the 2nd wasn't even raised.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 05:56:33 PM PDT

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    •  Mostly the SCOTUS does not bother to engage (0+ / 0-)

      in mundane interpretation of federal law.

      In fact that happens to be a huge part of the explicit justification for the existence of the Circuit Courts at the Federal level.

      As the top court in this entire country the SCOTUS enters full opinions on less than 200 issues per year, and always has.

      They're not out there begging for work.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 08:14:32 PM PDT

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