Robin Vander Wall
SCOTUS asked for the SG’s opinion because Michigan’s arguments in favor of the petition suggested that there was a conflict of law (federal versus state). This was done as a courtesy to the United States government and in order to get another perspective on Michigan’s assertions. The Does attorneys already had their opportunity to make arguments against the petition. When considering the Supreme Court, as an independent branch of government that is not intended to be a deliberative body, it’s important to understand that it operates according to its customs. What the SG has stated in his brief is certainly not harmful to registered citizens. In sum, he appears to believe that the Sixth Circuit applied the right legal reasoning to Does v. Snyder. Consequently, in his opinion, the High Court should not grant the petition because there is nothing for it to resolve. That is good news. Not bad news.