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Klein, representing the Justice Department as a friend of the court, also argued for an end to Albrecht.
In its July 15 "friend of the court" brief, TEI argued that the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erroneously applied prior Supreme Court opinions on the Commerce Clause, and urged the high court to clarify the Constitution's bar on discriminatory taxes.
Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, who filed a friend of the court brief on Rene's behalf, said the case could have widespread implications.
It appointed an amicus curiae (Latin for "friend of the court") and asked for supplemental briefs.
One non-budgeted item was $20,000 in legal fees spent by NPA to file a 'friend of the court" brief with the Supreme Court.