An “ungodly broad” obstruction provision in the federal tax code seemed likely to push the U.S. Supreme Court once again to rein in a prosecution tool.

During arguments Wednesday in Marinello v. United States, each of the nine justices—except for Justice Clarence Thomas, who did not ask a question—raised concerns about the sweep of a tax code provision that makes it a felony for anyone to corruptly obstruct or impede, or try to obstruct or impede, the “due administration” of the tax code.

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