Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray cited his experience clerking for two U.S. Supreme Court justices in explaining Monday why he would not join a lawsuit to strike down parts of the federal health-care overhaul.

Cordray spoke about studying constitutional law at the knees of Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked in successive terms in the late 1980s. He said the experience taught him about the importance of precedent and leads him to think that the lawsuit by 13 other state attorneys general is likely to be thrown out because of prior rulings by the Court.

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