The primary role of the U.S. Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution. The Supreme Court is the final judge in all cases involving laws of Congress and the actions of the President.
Update: 4/4: Holder said that the Supreme Court has final say and he will respond to the 3-judge panel in the 5th circuit.
Original Story: 4/3: The main functions of the Supreme Court are to:
- Settle disputes between states.
- Hear appeals from state and federal courts.
- Determine the constitutionality of federal laws.
Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said that if the Supreme Court overturned Obamacare it would be equivalent to legislating from the bench. If Obama believes what he said, he must believe the Supreme Court has a smaller role in the government than defined by the Constitution. If SCOTUS can’t strike down a federal law, we are talking about a radical change to our Constitution.
The 5th Circuit wants to know if our President has redefined the role of the Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ordered the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law.
Read more: CBS News