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No rehearing for war powers case

[JURIST] The US First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Tuesday a petition to rehear a case filed by unnamed US servicemen, parents of servicemen and six Democratic congressmen claiming that a formal declaration of war from Congress is necessary before any attack on Iraq. The Court said:

Plaintiffs have filed a "petition for rehearing on an emergency basis," relying on events which have occurred since the court's Opinion of March 13, 2003. As we said in that opinion, "Ripeness doctrine involves more than simply the timing of the case. It mixes various mutually reinforcing constitutional and prudential considerations." Although some of the contingencies described in our opinion appear to have been resolved, others have not. Most importantly, Congress has taken no action which presents a "fully developed dispute between the two elected branches." Thus the case continues not to be fit for judicial review.
The case is Doe v. Bush [order text], online from the First Circuit.

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