Here’s a look at the legal questions surrounding the mysterious would-be customer, “Stewart:".
Smith’s lawyers maintained that she didn’t have to be punished for violating the law before challenging it.
Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviewed the case before the Supreme Court, found that Smith had standing to sue.
“It would make no sense to have fabricated a request because one wasn’t required for the court to decide her case.”.
An error like that — especially at the level of the Supreme Court — is highly unusual, legal experts say.
The solicitor general, who represents the government before the Supreme Court, apologized in a court filing this year for an “inaccurate statement” made to the court during oral arguments over a 2017 patent case.
Among them was an error in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. »