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July 26, 2013



It's very simple.
This time, it just happens to be conservatives who urge a finding that there is standing. This time, it's conservative interests that get smacked down. To me, it feels just like the recent Monsanto cases, in which liberal activists (e.g. anti-GMO-food organizations) were thrown out of court. It feels like disenfranchisement of legal rights to due process.

Organizations represent people - whether it's big capitalists like anti-EPA activists or big constituencies like the pro-environment citizenry. Broad classes of people have to appear by proxy, yet in doing so they get disenfranchised. It's just not right.

I'd like to see a case that either has no particularly liberal or conservative subject matter, or that combines appeals from one case favoring each ideology, to test once and for all why people whose raison d'etre is at stake lack standing - and, I'd hope, start reversing the trend of disenfranchising highly interested entities from having their day in court.

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