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Court Weighs Heavy docket

Publication Date: 
October 02, 2011
Source: 
The Washington Post
Author: 
Robert Barnes

Professor Pamela Karlan is quoted in the below Washington Post article discussing how a decision on the health-care law could be “transformative or could turn out to be a fizzle.”

The Supreme Court convenes Monday for what could be the most significant term of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s six-year tenure, with an agenda that both reflects the nation's political landscape and offers the potential to reshape it.

The dominant theme is the one that has divided the country and fueled the debate between tea party Republicans and President Obama since the 2010 election: the extent of the federal government's power.

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A decision on the health-care law "could turn out to be transformative or could turn out to be a fizzle," said Pamela Karlan, a constitutional expert at Stanford Law School.