Supreme Court Upholds Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act
In a 6-3 decision, the Court today upheld Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. With the Court’s makeup in flux, there was much speculation that if the conference vote was 5-4, the case might be held over for reargument. It appears that the key was that the federalism position won over Justice Kennedy, who was visibly torn at oral argument. Assigning him to write–a privilege of the most senior Justice in the majority–helped to keep him on board. A decisive majority meant there was no reason for Justice O’Connor not to participate. Off to class–more analysis later.