(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court has taken no action regarding a request from Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, to step in early and hear a challenge to the Obama administration’s health care law. The Justices discussed the issue at their closed-door conference last Friday.
While there could be a number of explanations for the court’s action, it would be very unlikely for the Court to step in at this juncture. The justices like to hear from appellate court judges on issues of national importance. Furthermore, appellate courts have already expedited the cases and will hear arguments this spring.
In court papers, Cuccinelli argued that “given the importance of the issues at stake to the States and to the economy as a whole, this Court should grant certiorari to resolve a matter of imperative public importance.”
Under normal circumstances, the Court taking no action after Friday's meeting means the issue will come up again at their next conference, set for April 22.
We can expect to learn either at the end of this week or early next week if the Court will grant Cuccinelli’s request to take up the issue before it goes to the appellate court.
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