Friday, August 12, 2011
Hooray! The wicked witch is not dead, but she took a serious hit.
Unfortunately, the court severed the remainder of the law, which it left in place.
But the biggest news here may be the composition of the panel. One of the two judges striking down the mandate was Judge Frank Hull (a women, despite the name), who was appointed by Bill Clinton (to replace Phyllis Kravitch of all people). Thus, a mixed panel held the mandate unconstitutional.
(It may be, however, that Judge Hull is somewhat conservative, as a quick googling of her name seems to suggest.)