April 23, 2012

For the second time in less than a month, the Supreme Court is taking up a case that puts the Obama administration’s legal credibility on the line in a hot-button battle against state government.

The high court this Wednesday plans to hear oral arguments in the case of the 2010 Arizona immigration law. Lower courts have already halted key parts of that law, but all parties are looking to the nine Supreme Court justices for a final ruling.

The stand-off echoes the epic legal battle just weeks ago over the administration’s health care overhaul. The same top lawyers in that case will be making an encore appearance Wednesday to argue on immigration — with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli representing the federal government and former GOP solicitor general Paul Clement arguing on behalf of Arizona.

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