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Court can find law unconstitutional but can't 'repeal'

7:30 AM EDT, June 29, 2012

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The recent headline reporting the Supreme Court's decision involving Arizona, "High court repeals most of Ariz. Immigration law" (July 26) is factually incorrect. No court can "repeal" a law.

A court can interpret a law, hold it unconstitutional and therefore void (judicial review), or issue an injunction to temporarily or permanently block its enforcement (for a variety of reasons). Only a legislature can "repeal" a law that it passed. Only the Arizona legislature (or perhaps its voters by referendum) can "repeal" SB1270!

Joel B. Grossman, Baltimore

The writer is a professor in the political science department of Johns Hopkins University.