The Obama Administration appeared to have gained some advantage in its defense of the new health care reform law, as a computer at the Fourth Circuit Court randomly selected three of the more liberal judges to hear two cases Tuesday.   For arguments which began at 9:30 a.m., the Circuit Court issued this announcement earlier in the day:

“Panel: ‘[A] computer program designed to achieve total random selection’ is used to generate three-judge panels and to assign cases to those panels. See I.O.P.
34.1. The panel generated and assigned for these cases is:
Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz "“ seated in the middle and presiding at argument
Honorable Andre M. Davis "“ seated to the left as viewed from the audience
Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. "“ seated to the right as viewed from the audience.”

An audio link to the two arguments, lasting together 80 minutes or more, will be available at this site at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Cases in the Pipeline, Health Care

Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, Liberal panel on health care, SCOTUSblog (May. 10, 2011, 9:32 AM),