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By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Donald Verrilli, Jr. is the Solicitor General of the United States. He argues the federal government's position in the most important cases that reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
He's not having a good 2012.
After getting pounded by the court in the health care litigation arguments (see here and here), he had to turn around less than a month later and argue that Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, had been preempted by federal immigraton law. The case, Arizona v U.S., featured another legal beat-down and, unlike the health care cases, the liberal wing of the court didn't exactly leap to his defense. To top it off, his Arizona opponent was the same person he had faced in the health care cases - the great Paul Clement.
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