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Court declines Clinton eligibility case


Three decisions today from the Supreme Court, on technical legal issues. We'll get decisions again this coming Monday, June 14.

The justices today also turned down an appeal from the conservative gadfly group Judicial Watch over Hillary Clinton's eligibility to be Secretary of State. The Constitution bars the appointment to a cabinet job of any member of Congress who voted to raise the position's salary. Because she was in the Senate when the salary of Secretary of State was raised to $191,300, Judicial Watch argued that she was blocked from taking the job.

Congress, sensitive to this criticism, lowered the salary to its previous level before she took office, but Judicial Watch claimed that didn't solve the problem, since the salary was, in fact, raised while she was in the Senate. But the court declined to hear the case.