Thomas More Law Center v. Obama

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Separate Opinion

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Thomas More Law Center, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants


Barack Obama, et al., Defendants-Appellees

No. 10-2388

United States Court of Appeals,
Sixth Circuit.

June 1, 2011, Argued

June 29, 2011, Decided

June 29, 2011, Filed

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit. No. 10-11156
—George C. Steeh, District Judge.
Before: MARTIN and SUTTON, Circuit Judges; GRAHAM, District Judge.*


ARGUED: Robert J. Muise, THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Appellants. Neal Kumar Katyal, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Appellees.

ON BRIEF: Robert J. Muise, THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER, Ann Arbor, Michigan, David Yerushalmi, LAW OFFICES OF DAVID YERUSHALMI, P.C., Chandler, Arizona, for Appellants. Neal Kumar Katyal, Mark B. Stern, Alisa B. Klein, Anisha Dasgupta, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Appellees.

Edward L. White, AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Steven J. Lechner, Joel M. Spector, MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION, Lakewood, Colorado, Ilya Shapiro, Robert A. Levy, David H. Rittgers, CATO INSTITUTE, Washington, D.C., Cory L. Andrews, WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION, Washington, D.C., Steven J. Willis, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF LAW, Gainesville, Florida, Catherine E. Stetson, HOGAN LOVELLS US LLP, Washington, D.C., Kristin M. Houser, SCHROETER, GOLDMARK & BENDER, Seattle, Washington, Keith S. Dubanevich, OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Salem, Oregon, Walter E. Dellinger, Washington, D.C., Ian R. Millhiser, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, Washington, D.C., John L. Longstreth, Molly K. Suda, K&L GATES LLP, Washington, D.C., Rochelle Bobroff, NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS LAW CENTER, Washington, D.C., Richard L. Rosen, ARNOLD & PORTER LLP, Washington, D.C., Charles A. Rothfeld, MAYER BROWN, Washington, D.C., for Amici Curiae.

MARTIN, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which SUTTON, J., and GRAHAM, D. J., concurred as to Parts I (background) and II (subject matter jurisdiction) and in which SUTTON, J., concurred in the judgment. SUTTON, J. (pp. 27–53), delivered the opinion of the court as to Part I (taxing power) of his opinion, in which GRAHAM, D. J., joins. GRAHAM, D. J. (pp. 54–64), delivered a separate opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.


^*  The Honorable James L. Graham, Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, sitting by designation.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).