Constitution Guards Judges' Cost-Of-Living Pay, Fed. Circ. Told

Law360, New York (September 7, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT) -- An attorney representing a class of federal judges seeking cost-of-living pay increases argued Friday before the Federal Circuit that the Compensation Clause of Article III of the Constitution protects judges' pay from diminution, including their retirement benefits.

In oral arguments before the en banc panel, Christopher Landau of Kirkland & Ellis LLP argued that the appeals court should consider a broader view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2001 ruling in Williams v. U.S., in which the court said Congress hadn't violated the Constitution's bars on judicial...
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