Thursday, June 27, 2019


The reasoned explanation requirement of administrative law, after all, is meant to ensure that agencies offer genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public.  Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise.  If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case.

-- Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in Department of Commerce et al v New York et al, blocking an attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census

No comments: