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The Role of Speculation in Facial Challenges


Catherine O'Grady


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

2011

Arizona Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 867, 2011

Abstract:     
In recent years, the United States Supreme Court has been reluctant to respond favorably to constitutional challenges brought on the face of newly enacted state statutes. The facial challenge device has been used to challenge some of the most controversial legislation enacted in the states, including state imposed voter identification requirements, new state primary election systems, and, in Arizona, recently enacted immigration related statutes. In this article, I argue that the Court’s hesitancy to uphold facial challenges is specifically based on a reluctance to rely on speculation to defeat an untested state statute. I suggest that a direct focus on speculation in the constitutional analysis is useful, and I ultimately explore Arizona’s two controversial immigration related statutes, and the facial challenges brought against them, to illustrate a role for speculation in facial challenges. Arizona’s employer sanctions statute is now under review at the United States Supreme Court, with a decision expected by the end of the 2011 term. The constitutionality of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 will likely be before the Court during its 2011-12 term.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Constitutionality, Facial, Speculation

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Date posted: August 23, 2011 ; Last revised: October 5, 2011

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O'Grady, Catherine, The Role of Speculation in Facial Challenges (2011). Arizona Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 867, 2011 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1807406

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Catherine O'Grady (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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