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Windsor: Amicus Brief of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence (Jurisdiction)

Windsor: Amicus Brief of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence (Jurisdiction)

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United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence in support of BLAG on Jurisdictional Issues
United States v. Windsor: Amicus brief of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence in support of BLAG on Jurisdictional Issues

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iNo. 12-307In the
Supreme Court of the United States
UNITED
 
STATES
 
OF
 
 AMERICA 
 Petitioner
,v.EDITH
 
SCHLAIN
 
WINDSOR,
 
in her capacity as Executorof the estate of THEA 
 
CLARA 
 
SPYER,
ET AL
.,
Respondents.
On Writ of Certiorari to the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second Circuit
BRIEF OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
CENTERFOR CONSTITUTIONAL JURISPRUDENCEIN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTBIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY GROUP OF THEU.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES(JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES)
E
DWIN
M
EESE
III214 Massachusetts Ave.N.E.Washington D.C. 20002J
OHN
C.
 
E
 ASTMAN
 
Counsel of Record
 A 
NTHONY 
T.
 
C
 ASO
 Center for ConstitutionalJurisprudencec/o Chapman Univ. Sch. of LawOne University DriveOrange, CA 92886 jeastman@chapman.edu(714) 628-2500
Counsel for Amicus CuriaeCenter for Constitutional Jurisprudence
 
 
i
QUESTIONS PRESENTED
1.
 
Whether the President can deprive this Court of  jurisdiction to consider the constitutionality of anact of Congress by refusing to defend the actwhen it is challenged?2.
 
Whether the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Grouphas Article III standing as the duly-authorizedrepresentative of the United States House of Rep-resentatives to defend a statute enacted by Con-gress and signed into law by the President whena subsequent President declines to defend thestatute in litigation challenging its constitutional-ity?
 
ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
QUESTIONS PRESENTED ....................................... i
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .......................................iv
 
IDENTITY AND INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE .......................................................1
 
INTRODUCTION ........................................................1
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .....................................4
 
 ARGUMENT ...............................................................5
 
I.
 
The Executive Branch’s ContinuedInvolvement in this Case, and ContinuedEnforcement of DOMA, Sufficiently Keeps Alive the Case or Controversy Necessary ForOngoing Jurisdiction, But That Is Not theExclusive Source of Jurisdiction. .....................5
 
 A. The Origins of the Take Care ClauseStrongly Suggest that the President’s Dutyto “Faithfully Execute” the Laws Preventshim from Conspiring with PrivateLitigants to Have the Judiciary EffectSuspension of Laws with which thePresident Disagrees. ..................................9
 
B. Accepting the Propositions of Both Non-Defense and Sole Authority to Defend thatthe Department of Justice Has ProfferedWould Create an Opportunity ForManipulation of the Judicial Process InOrder to Give the Executive a
 De Facto
 Post-Enactment Veto. .............................. 11
 

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