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The Ninth Circuit Court refused on Friday to put the constitutional test over Arizona’s authority to control illegal aliens living within its borders on the especially fast schedule that the state had asked, adopting instead a plan that follows its normal pace for handling cases of this kind.  A panel of the Court refused to “expedite the appeal beyond” what Circuit Court rules specified, thus agreeing with the Justice Department (see the post below the jump).  The Court’s order is here.

Under the schedule that now will apply, the merits briefing will be completed by Oct. 7, and the oral argument will be held during the week of Nov. 1; it will be held in San Francisco.  It thus is clear that there will be no ruling by the Circuit Court on a case that has very heavy political overtones until after the nation casts its votes in a new congressional election on Nov. 2.

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