Divided High Court Won't Hear Commerce Clause Case

Law360, New York (January 10, 2011, 3:35 PM EST) -- A split U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear a case challenging a federal statute barring felons from owning bulletproof vests, signaling a division over Congress' lawmaking ability under the commerce clause, a central issue in health care reform debates.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented from the court's refusal to hear Cedrick B. Alderman's challenge to his conviction under a federal law prohibiting a person convicted of a violent felony from possessing body armor that has been sold in interstate commerce.

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