Supreme Court rejects request for debate on Kagan recusal
By Lauren McNitt
ProWEB Wire (Industry News)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from a conservative watchdog group that Justice Elena Kagan recuse herself from deciding whether the federal health care reform law is constitutional or be disqualified by the court.
Freedom Watch had argued that Kagan should not take part in the case because she served as Solicitor General for the Obama Administration when the health law was created. The Supreme Court denied the group’s request without comment. Kagan did not take part in the court’s decision.
Kagan has given no indication that she intends to recuse herself, and has said she did not take part in any “substantive discussion” involving the health care reform law when she was Solicitor General.
The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on challenges to the health care reform law in March.