Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The 800lb Gorilla

The NRA has elbowed its way into oral arguments in the McDonald case set to be heard by the Supreme Court. They applied for, and got 10 minutes out of the 30 allotted to the plaintiffs represented by Alan Gura (who served the cause of liberty so well in Heller). The NRA's lawyer of choice in this is one Paul Clement, who as Solicitor General, actually argued in favor of DC's position in Heller. That makes me a little uncomfortable.
Now, NRA got their 10 minutes ostensibly to make a case before the court focusing on the Due Process clause, since Gura was focusing on the Privileges and Immunities Clause as a way to protect the RKBA.
I suspect that a large part of this is NRA's desire to show that they are relevant; that is, that the largest pro-gun group in the US wants to be a part of such a historic case, that the NRA wants McDonald on its resume so to speak, especially since it didn't get much of a taste in Heller. So it pushed its way in, against the wishes of the original plaintiffs.

Fine. You're in. SCOTUS gave you the time. With a lawyer who was on the other side in the last go-round. You'd better not screw it up. Your membership is watching.

2 comments:

Linoge said...

Eh, just remember that lawyers are paid to say what they say in the courtroom - I fully expect any lawyer I hire to express and support my position, to the best of his Earthly abilities, once I hire him to represent me.

Sure, he can hate my guts at home, on his time, but just because a schmuck says something in the court, that does not mean he necessarily supports it himself.

Does not mean he does not support it, either, though...

As for the NRA, this is definitely an attempt for them to remain relevant in this case, especially since theirs got aborted. Knowing Gura, though, I think he will do just fine with his 20 minutes.

Still amazes me that matters of Constitutionality are only given 30 minutes of discussion, though...

Kevin said...

Yeah, like a commenter on Calguns said; lawyers are like forks and whores - perfectly fine as long as you wash them between uses...