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Liberal panel on health care

The Obama Administration appeared to have gained some advantage in its defense of the new health care reform law, as a computer at the Fourth Circuit Court randomly selected three of the more liberal judges to hear two cases Tuesday.   For arguments which began at 9:30 a.m., the Circuit Court issued this announcement earlier in the day:

“Panel: ‘[A] computer program designed to achieve total random selection’ is used to generate three-judge panels and to assign cases to those panels. See I.O.P.
34.1. The panel generated and assigned for these cases is:
Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz – seated in the middle and presiding at argument
Honorable Andre M. Davis – seated to the left as viewed from the audience
Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. – seated to the right as viewed from the audience.”

An audio link to the two arguments, lasting together 80 minutes or more, will be available at this site at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, Liberal panel on health care, SCOTUSblog (May. 10, 2011, 9:32 AM),