ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue reports:
The Supreme Court will not step in early and hear a challenge to the Obama administration’s health care law. Kenneth Cuccinelli II, the conservative Attorney General of Virginia, had asked the Court to step in now – before any appellate judge has had a chance to hear the issue —to decide once and for all whether the law, and in particular the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine – passes constitutional muster.
In court papers Cuccinelli had argued, “given the importance of the issues at stake to the States and to the economy as a whole, this Court should grant certiorari to resolve a matter of imperative public importance.”
But after discussing the issue at last Friday’s closed door conference, the Court issued a one sentence line in its orders list Monday morning, “The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment is denied.” It would have been very unlikely for the high court to step in.
The Court made no mention of any of the Justices would recuse themselves from the issue.