The BEST part is at the end.
Obama's Supreme Court Comments In Letter To Lower Court
WASHINGTON -- Continuing the politically charged back-and-forth between the executive and judicial branches over President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday submitted a letter to a federal appeals court affirming that the "power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," but reiterated the president's statement that courts should show strong deference to Congress' commerce-based regulations.
"While duly recognizing the courts' authority to engage in judicial review, the Executive Branch has often urged courts to respect the legislative judgments of Congress," Holder wrote. Pointing to the conservative appellate judges who upheld the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, Holder concluded that principles of judicial restraint "are fully applicable when Congress legislates in the commercial sphere. The courts accord particular deference when evaluating the appropriateness of the means Congress has chosen to exercise its enumerated powers, including the Commerce Clause, to accomplish constitutional ends."
Holder's response made a not-so-subtle jab at the 5th Circuit for going out of its way to call out the president. "The question posed by the Court regarding judicial review does not concern any argument made in the government's brief or at oral argument in this case," the attorney general wrote. "The Department [of Justice] has not in this litigation, nor in any other litigation of which I am aware, ever asked this or any other Court to reconsider or limit long-established precedent concerning judicial review of the constitutionality of federal legislation."
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court justices in their public appearances this week have remained mum about the health care cases before them and the president's comments. "We don't respond to criticism," Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience at the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "Judges use what's known as the rope-a-dope trick. It's judicial tradition."
Scalia just made my day