Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy SCOTUS Day!

The Bush administration won the first case of the new Supreme Court term.

For the past 40 years, the Navy has been using active sonar to conduct training exercises off the coast of southern California. An animal rights group sued the Navy, claiming the exercises are hurting marine mammals. The Navy responded that in the past 40 years, there has not been a single documented case of injury caused by sonar. The animal guys say they don't care, Navy has to stop. Navy says "tell you what, we'll voluntarily scale things back a bit." Animal guys say "we still don't care, we're not dropping the lawsuit." Navy goes to the President and gets a waiver to the law under which animal guys are suing. Animal guys say "we still don't care; we're still suing even if you have a waiver." Ninth Circuit agrees with animal guys (big shock there).

SCOTUS reversed, 5-4. I'm still reading the opinion. I'll let you know how it goes.