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Do Presidents file political briefs with the Supreme Court?(7 posts)

Do Presidents file political briefs with the Supreme Court?PdxMark
Jan 17, 2003 7:57 AM
It sounds as if GWB is filing some sort of (amicus?) brief with the Supreme Court in the University of Michigan affirmative action case. From news reports it sounds like the Bush administration is not a party to the case. "Officials described Rice as one of the prime movers behind Bush's announcement on Wednesday that he would urge the Supreme Court to strike down Michigan's affirmative action program." -MSNBC

Is it usual for a President to file an amicus brief to let the Supreme Court know where he stands politically? Should that be relevant in a legal proceeding? It seems odd, but maybe it happens all the time. Does anyone know if this is common?
Jan 17, 2003 8:15 AM
The Solicitor General files briefs on behalf of the government. Very normal. Amicus briefs may or may not be persuasive with the court.

I'm certainly no expert on this, but that's what I recall from law school.

I wonder...mohair_chair
Jan 17, 2003 8:53 AM
I wonder if the Solicitor General has a fancy military-style uniform like Dr. Koop did when he was the Surgeon General.
Well . . .ms
Jan 19, 2003 8:07 PM
The Solicitor General and other lawyer "generals", such as the Attorney General, do not have military-style uniforms. But, the Solicitor General and his deputies do wear cutaway morning coats and striped pants when they argue before the Supreme Court(at least the boys do, I don't know what the female deputies wear). It is my understanding that cutaways and striped pants were worn by all lawyers who argued before the Supreme Court in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. At some point (my guess would be around WWII), everyone, except for the Solicitor General and his deputies, began wearing business suits for argument before the Court.

Insofar as the original question is concerned, it is normal practice for the Solicitor General to file amicus briefs before the Supreme Court on issues of public importance. In some cases, the Court requests that the SG file a brief. I do not know if the Court requested a brief in the University of Michigan cases or if the Administration filed one sua sponte.
RE: Presidential Briefs; Boxer or Bikini (tighty whitey)? 8-)rwbadley
Jan 17, 2003 8:56 AM
Ooops, I should stay out of the Presidential Briefs,,, nmrwbadley
Jan 17, 2003 8:58 AM
Presidential Briefs; staying out won't save you...PdxMark
Jan 17, 2003 10:09 AM
Things can sometimes work their own way out of Presidential briefs. Stay high.