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Quick thought on HLP

Posted in Case Reports by Mike Sacks on February 23, 2010

The oral argument in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project did little to clarify where the justices themselves stood on the constitutionality of the Patriot Act’s criminalizing HLP’s (hopes of) providing designated terrorist groups with peacemaking advice and international law advocacy training.

Justice Scalia provided the morning’s biggest laugh by referring to the notion of “Mohammed Atta & His Harmonica Quartet” touring the nation–I’ll give that comment’s context in my argument report.

But the most salient statement today fittingly belonged to Justice Kennedy, when he simply stated, “This is a difficult case for me.”  As goes Kennedy…

Come back or subscribe to F1@1F to get the full write-up later this afternoon.

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