Today has been an exciting day for Supreme Court watchers like me. I must admit, I’m surprised by today’s rulings. For me, as a lawyer, a Supreme Court decision is not just about the individual case at hand, but also about how that decision might change the legal landscape within the nation. For instance, with the healthcare decision I was concerned that finding the individual mandate unconstitutional might give a precedent to attacking other social programs such as Social Security Disability (which is really a national insurance policy that Congress has mandated we all pay into). Can you imagine the impact upon people’s lives if suddenly the Social Security Disability were gone? I shudder to think of it. I don’t like the image of America as a nation that doesn’t take care of it’s children, elderly, or infirmed. Thankfully, it appears the Constitution does allow us to take care of each other.
The Edwards case that I wrote about yesterday turned out to be a non-event. The Court issued a one-sentence decision that affirmed the appellate Court decision upholding standing for claims seeking statutory damages. The Court appeared to say that it regretted even accepting review of the case when it wrote: “The writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted”. I’m glad to see they didn’t see merit to the standing argument.