Thursday, December 15, 2005


Not the best start

I'm reading the oral argument transcript in Gonzales v. Raich, the U.S. Supreme Court case deciding whether the Attorney General can extend federal anti-narcotics laws to prevent physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients which is allowed by law in Oregon.

I'll discuss the merits of that case -- which was argued back in October and is now awaiting decision -- in a separate post. For now, I want you to imagine that you are the senior Assistant Attorney General, arguing what may be your first and only case in the U.S. Supreme Court, defending the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. Your great moment has finally arrived. You rise to speak... and this happens:


This is the real thing. You can read it for yourself here.

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