Jonathan Turley has announced that he will take the case that Baker Hostetler and Quinn Emanuel could not, and represent the House in their suit against the Obamacare delays. Turley, unlike the firms, will not have any conflicts, and cannot be pressured to drop the case:
After I testified earlier on this lawsuit, I was asked by some House Members and reporters if I would represent the House and I stated that I could not. That position had nothing to do with the merits of such a lawsuit. At that time, in addition to my other litigation obligations, I had a national security case going to trial and another trial case in Utah. Recently, we prevailed in both of those cases. Subsequently, the House General Counsel’s Office contacted me about potentially representing House. With the two recent successes, I was able to take on the representation.
It is a great honor to represent the House of Representatives. We are prepared to litigate this matter as far as necessary. The question presented by this lawsuit is whether we will live in a system of shared and equal powers, as required by our Constitution, or whether we will continue to see the rise of a dominant Executive with sweeping unilateral powers. That is a question worthy of review and resolution in our federal courts.
Turley was supposed to speak at the Federalist Society Convention last week, but he withdrew citing conflicts. I heard this may be why. Now it makes sense.
Another chapter for my book begins. Now, I’m working for a tentative title: “Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power.” Unraveled works regardless of what happened–either the law unravels, or the challenge to the law itself unravels.