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    A signing statement does not have the force of law until challenged and upheld.  Until then the law is supposed to be executed as written by Congress.  If the executive branch violates the law the challenge could involve the signing statement or not.  Certainly the executive branch could violate the law hoping that the challenge will uphold the signing statement, but they run the risk that they will be found guilty and penalized if the signing statement is not upheld.  But until the signing statement is upheld they are violating the law.

    The legality or illegality of a signing statement is not going to keep George IV from torturing people anyway.  He's demonstrated his contempt for the rule of law plenty since the beginning of the Second Dark Ages.  The discussion about signing statements is largely separate from the discussion of whether the exectuive branch will follow the law.  Clinton issued lots of signing statements, but did not flagrantly violate the law whenever he could.

    Elwood Dowd did a full diary on signing statements, which I'd recommend.  Wait, already did. :)

    Live Free or Die-words to live by

    by ForFreedom on Sun Mar 26, 2006 at 06:18:06 PM PST

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