Monday, November 03, 2014

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Passport Designation For Americans Born In Jerusalem

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in Zivotofsky v. Kerry,  involving  a dispute between Congress and the Executive Branch over the constitutionality of a statute that calls for the State Department to change its policy and allow "Israel" rather than "Jerusalem" to be listed as the birthplace of Americans born in Jerusalem. The full transcript of the arguments are available on the Court's website. SCOTUSblog has a detailed report on the arguments, suggesting that the various justices were playing "diplomat for a day." This is the second time the case has been before the Supreme Court. (See prior posting.)