US Supreme Court ruling Bernard Hibbitts at 10:38 AM ET
[JURIST] We interrupt our continuing coverage of legal issues arising out of the Iraq war to bring you breaking news from US Supreme Court. DC Supreme Court litigators Goldstein & Howe [SCOTUSblog post] report:
The Court this morning issued the opinion in Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, No. 01-1325, affirming the decision of the Ninth Circuit that IOLTA assessments do not constitute unconstitutional takings of property under the Fifth Amendment. Justice Stevens wrote the opinion [PDF text]. Justice Scalia wrote a dissent [PDF text], joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Kennedy and Thomas. Justice Kennedy wrote a separate dissent [PDF text] suggesting a First Amendment question under the Abood/Keller line of cases.
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