Federal Law Limiting Legal Advice Draws Particular Interest at the Supreme Court – NYT

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON — “Several justices seemed convinced on Tuesday that a federal law restricting the advice bankruptcy lawyers may offer was a bad idea. But they had differing ideas about what the Supreme Court should do about it.

“It’s a stupid law,” Justice Antonin Scalia said. “Where is the prohibition of stupid laws in the Constitution?”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., on the other hand, appeared receptive to the argument that the law violated the First Amendment by intruding into the relationship between lawyers and clients.

The justices, all of whom are lawyers, seemed to take particular interest in the case, presumably because it concerns lawyers’ free speech rights.

“Congress often forgets about the First Amendment,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, “but lawyers don’t.”

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Let’s hope the decision goes as did the oral argument !

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