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Edwin Kneedler A 'Savvy' Choice To Argue Suit Against Ariz. Immigration Law

Publication Date: 
July 31, 2010
Source: 
The Washington Post
Author: 
Jerry Markon

Lecturer Thomas Goldstein is quoted in the Washington Post on the choice of Edwin Kneedler to argue the suit against the Arizona immigration law. Jerry Markon reports:

Several years ago, Justice Department lawyer Edwin S. Kneedler argued his 100th case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a benchmark shared by fewer than 10 attorneys in U.S. history.

In a rare departure from court routine, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. congratulated Kneedler from the bench. Kneedler quietly thanked him, said he was honored and walked away, according to lawyers who were there.

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"The Justice Department wanted to show they were taking this case incredibly seriously, but didn't want to send Obama's guy," said Tom Goldstein, a Washington lawyer who founded the Scotusblog Web site. "I've never seen any hint of politics in Kneedler. There really isn't a more respected advocate in the Supreme Court bar.''