Judge smacks administration

You know, it must feel bad to get smacked down by a neighbor, or community advocate, or powerful colleague.... but getting smacked down by a judge? That must really hurt... if you have any feelings at all. A federal judge in Northern California put an indefinite delay to the Bush Administration's plan to use social security letters to attack employers and workers.

Judge Breyer chastised the Department of Homeland Security for making a policy change with “massive ramifications” for employers, without giving any legal explanation or conducting a required survey of the costs and impact for small businesses.

Ouch- that ain't right!

Judge Breyer’s decision was an awkward disappointment for Mr. Chertoff, a former federal judge, who was relying on the rule as an enforcement tool since Congress left him with few other options.


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