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Assisted Suicide to Supremes?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Justice Department’s petition for en banc review in Oregon v. Ashcroft. Although the original decision rejecting the federal government’s efforts to prevent doctor-assisted suicide in Oregon produced a dissent, apparently no judge voted to rehear the case, according to this report. Now the Justice Department must decide whether to take the case to the Supreme Court. Given the federalism issues at stake, I hope they don’t.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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