The vaunted governmental "duty to defend" acts of Congress has been invoked often in recent weeks in connection with the "don't ask, don't tell" law barring gays from the military -- a law that the Obama administration opposes but still is poised to defend. But history shows that this longstanding practice is not always followed, and solicitors general have been throwing provisions of federal laws under the bus for decades. Thirteen times in the past six years, the Justice Department has opted not to defend a statute.
Government's 'Duty to Defend' Not a Given
The National Law Journal
October 27, 2010
This article requires free registration
Please sign in or subscribe to read the full text