Supreme Court still silent on Cuccinelli's health care challenge

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Monday morning came and went with no word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether it will grant Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli’s request to fast-track Virginia’s legal challenge to federal health care reform.

While the case was scheduled to be discussed in the justices’ private conference on Friday, there was no announcement about the case when the court convened on Monday.


Mr. Cuccinelli petitioned the Supreme Court in February to bypass the normal appellate process and hear his case challenging the constitutionality of the March 2010 law requiring, among other things, that Americans purchase health care coverage.

If the court grants his request, the case will be redirected out of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where it’s scheduled for a May 10 hearing.

Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times that if an annoucement wasn’t made on Friday, it could mean that one justice was writing a short opinion that would accompany an order. It could also mean, among other things, that a justice asked for more time to consider the case.

The justices meet again on Friday to discuss pending cases.

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