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Newdow Again

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From the ever-expanding Cases You Have to Look Up Just for the Name File comes Michael Newdow, et al., Petitioners v. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, et al., No. 10-757.  Professional pain in the derriere Michael Newdow is upset about religious elements in President Obama's inauguration this time. 

The D.C. Circuit opinion by Judge Janice Brown is here. Joined by Judge Ginsburg, she rejects the claims on mootness and standing grounds.  Judge Kavanaugh would find standing and reject the claims on the merits.

The CJ's role in all this is appending the words "So help me God" to the oath at the President-elect's request.  Why does this modest role get him the lead defendant designation?  As a publicity stunt, of course, in keeping with Mr. Newdow's chosen role as a professional pain in the derriere.  The practical effect will be the CJ's recusal from the forthcoming no-dissent denial of certiorari.

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