Tuesday, May 10, 2005

 

Case Dismissed!

A U.S. District Court of Appeals has dismissed the case against V.P. Cheney brought by the Sierra Club and Judicial Watch regarding records pertaining to meetings of the National Energy Policy Development Group. Here is how Shannen Coffin describes what happened:
In its decision today in In re Cheney, the entire D.C. Circuit concluded that "severe separation-of-powers" problems prevented the court from applying the Federal Advisory Committee Act to require the Vice President to disclose the details of his meetings within and without the government in formulating the President's 2001 National Energy Policy (still not enacted into law, by the way). This was a case that a host of highly talented government lawyers sweated blood for over a period of three years and did a marvelous job. From the outset, it was a specious lawsuit brought for political purposes, and it finally dies a well deserved death.

You can read the entire decision here.
Comments:
the entire D.C. Circuit concluded that "severe separation-of-powers" problems prevented the court...

It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Dems, who have been hyperventilating recently about "separation of powers" to justify their judicial confirmation filibusters.
 
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