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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Former DOJ Officials et al (Jurisdiction)

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Former DOJ Officials et al (Jurisdiction)

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United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Former Senior Justice Department Officials and Former Counsels to the President in support of jurisdiction/standing.
United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Former Senior Justice Department Officials and Former Counsels to the President in support of jurisdiction/standing.

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No. 12-307I
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Supreme Court of the United States
U
NITED
S
TATES OF
A
MERICA
,
Petitioner 
,
v.
E
DITH
S
CHLAIN
W
INDSOR AND
 B
IPARTISAN
L
EGAL
A
DVISORY
G
ROUP OF THE
 U
NITED
S
TATES
H
OUSE OF
R
EPRESENTATIVES
,
Respondents.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE
 
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
 
FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
 
BRIEF FOR AMICI CURIAE FORMER SENIORJUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ANDFORMER COUNSELS TO THE PRESIDENTON JURISDICTION
M
ARK
C.
 
F
LEMING
F
ELICIA
H.
 
E
LLSWORTH
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 60 State StreetBoston, MA 02109(617) 526-6000P
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R.Q.
 
W
OLFSON 
Counsel of Record
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ANIEL
W
INIK
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ILMER
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UTLER
P
ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 1875 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20006(202) 663-6000paul.wolfson@wilmerhale.comA
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CHOENFELD
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
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ICKERING
 H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 7 World Trade Center250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007(212) 230-8800
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageTABLE OF AUTHORITIES .......................................... iiiINTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE................................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ......................................... 3ARGUMENT ....................................................................... 5I. T
HE
D
ECISION
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TATUTE
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HILE
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ECLINING
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RGUE
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M
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PPROACH
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HAT
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ESPECTS
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OTH
T
HE
P
RESUMPTION
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ALIDITY
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CCORDED
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A
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C
ON-GRESS
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HE
 J
UDICIARY
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A
RBITER
O
F
C
ONSTITUTIONALITY
............................. 5A. The Executive Shows Respect ForCongress By Defending Duly En-acted Statutes Except In StrictlyLimited Circumstances ................................... 8B. When The Executive DeterminesThat A Statute Cannot ReasonablyBe Defended, The Executive Re-spects the Judiciary’s Role As TheArbiter of Constitutionality By En-forcing The Statute And AppealingAdverse Judgments ....................................... 13II. W
HERE
T
HE
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XECUTIVE
C
ONTINUES
T
O
E
NFORCE
A
 
S
TATUTE
,
 
T
HIS
C
OURT
P
OS-SESSES
 J
URISDICTION
T
O
R
EVIEW
I
TS
C
ON-STITUTIONALITY
,
 
W
HETHER
O
R
N
OT
T
HE
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XECUTIVE
A
RGUES
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N
I
TS
F
AVOR
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ND
W
HETHER
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L
OWER
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OURT
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AS
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D
OWN
........................................................ 18
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS—Continued
PageA. Article III Adversity Is PresentHere .................................................................. 18B. The Executive Is A Proper Party ToPetition For Certiorari .................................. 20C. A Holding That The Court Lacks Jurisdiction, Or That Prudence BarsIts Exercise, Would Present Con-cerns Of Constitutional Structure ............... 23CONCLUSION ................................................................. 25

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