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ABA Says: No King


As if illegal domestic spying weren’t enough, the initial ABA report on Presidential signing statements under George Bush is out.  And it’s not good news for the Unilateral Executive Who Would Be King:

The ABA group, which includes a one-time FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws….

"This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy," said the ABA’s president, Michael Greco. "If left unchecked, the president’s practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries."

I bet Dick Cheney has clipped out a news article or two and issued some marching orders made some annotations.

Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe has much more.  And deserves a whole lot of credit for pushing this issue to the fore when all the other journalists were ignoring it — it has been his steadfast work on this important issue that led to the ABA even considering it.  (Kudos to Mr. Savage!  Well done!)

(See here and here for more on signing statements.  For more on the ABA’s position, see here and here.) 

UPDATE:  This just went up on the Jurist website — regarding the Specter bill — thought everyone might want a read.

UPDATE #2:  Great clip from Crooks and Liars on the ABA’s position on Presidential overreach, the Cheney/Addington unilateral executive initiatives, and the flaccid Republican Congressional response.  (Huge hat tip to reader Petro for the reminder on the clip.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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