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Judicial Decision Results in Arizona and Wisconsin

There is such a massive overreach for power going on in so many aspects of our society right that we need to keep an eye on what kinds of decisions are being made in the judicial branch of our government system that may or may not provide a counterbalance for those power plays. Here are two judicial decisions that have been made within the last day….

On Thursday, by a vote of 5-3, the Supreme Court of the Unites States has upheld the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007, which allows the state to “suspend the licenses of businesses that ‘intentionally or knowingly’ violate work-eligibility verification requirements”. Companies will be required under that law to use E-Verify, a federal database to check the documentation of current and prospective employees.

“Arizona has taken the route least likely to cause tension with federal law,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. “It relies solely on the federal government’s own determination of who is an unauthorized alien, and it requires Arizona employers to use the federal government’s own system for checking employee status.”

The dissenting Justices were Justice Sotomayer, Justice Breyer, and Justice Ginsberg. For those noticing that the vote total equals only 8 of the 9 Justices, Justice Kagan recused herself from the vote on the basis that she had been the administration’s Solicitor General last year when the case was brought to appeal before the high court.

In other areas of judicial activity, Judge Maryann Sumi has struck down Gov. Walker’s legislation that repealed most of the collective bargaining options for public employees. The battle over this piece of legislation is by no means over. A state Supreme Court has already scheduled arguments for June 6 on whether or not to take over the case.

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