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M.B.Z. v. Clinton

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-699 D.C. Cir. Nov 7, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Mar 26, 2012 8-1 Roberts OT 2011

Holding: The political question doctrine does not bar courts from deciding whether § 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which permits U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to request that their passports state “Israel” as their place of birth, impermissibly intrudes on the President’s powers under the Constitution.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on March 26, 2012. Justice Sotomayor filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Breyer joined as to Part I. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Breyer filed a dissenting opinion.

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