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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Call On Me

Congress has decided to remedy the problem with the National "Do Not Call" List. Any time you can get a 412-0 vote in the House, it's astonishing.

I'm trying to figure out - without investing a lot of time - what would make a judge think it was not the intent of Congress to authorize a national "do not call" list. The stated rationale - that the FTC was not specifially authorized to implement the list - is a technicality of technicalities.

Though not entirely unreasonable from a constitutional point of view, this ruling strikes me as another politically tone-deaf ruling that makes the public weary of unelected federal (or state) judges. (And this from someone who sees something unseemly about elected judges, particularly as their campaigns more and more resemble standard political campaigns.)


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