Statutory Interpretation Is Tough – Justice Alito Agrees

Statutory Interpretation Is Tough – Justice Alito Agrees.

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Sometimes, trying to untangle the meaning of statutes can make you want to tear your hair out. Even Justice Samuel Alito acknowledged as much during the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Perry v. Merit Sys. Prot. Bd.[1] This case arose under 5 U.S.C. §7703 and addresses whether certain Merit Systems Protection Board decisions should be reviewed in district courts or in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Justice Alito prompted laughter in the courtroom when he remarked,

[T]he one thing about this case that seems perfectly clear to me is that nobody who is not a lawyer, and no ordinary lawyer could read these statutes and figure out what they are supposed to do. … This is unbelievably complicated. … Who wrote this statute? Somebody who takes pleasure out of pulling the wings off flies?[2]

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[1] Docket No. 16-399.

[2] Transcript of Oral Argument at 42, Perry v. Merit Sys. Prot. Bd. (2017) (No. 16-399).

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