A Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, was the first to break the new “two-minute rule” on Wednesday of this week. Not once, but twice in the same day.
It was a case where the Supreme Court was deciding whether or not they should prosecute immigrants who stole Social Security numbers so they can get hired for jobs.
The new “two-minute rule” requires the court to allow lawyers to state their argument, uninterrupted, for two full minutes before anything else is said.
The first time she made the mistake, another court justice had to step in to reassure the lawyer could answer Sotomayor’s question later on.
She was too eager about this case that she couldn’t contain herself. She knew of the mistake she was making.
The court case happened in Kansas where they convicted a man by the name of Ramos Garcia. Garcia used someone else’s Social Security number so he can get hired for a job in a restaurant.
It does sound bad, but he made a good argument. He said that he couldn’t be convicted under state law because “it is preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which establishes regulations of unauthorized employment.”
What did the White House have to say about this? Well, they argued that “the federal and state laws at issue in the case can coexist, maintaining that the state could have continued its prosecution without relying on information from federal forms.”