Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Iraq War
A Township woman is part of an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case claiming President Bush overstepped his authority in invading Iraq.
Anti-war groups, joined by a Teaneck woman, have teamed up with lawyers at Rutgers Law School in an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Iraq invasion, the law school said Thursday.
The Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic filed a petition asking the nation's highest court to review previous lower court decisions after the Federal District Court in Newark and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia dismissed the suit on procedural grounds, said Frank Askin, the law clinic's director.
The suit claims President George W. Bush overstepped his constitutional authority by ordering the invasion of Iraq without a congressional declaration of war.
"It's an interesting constitutional issue and we think the constitution has never been respected in this regard," Askin said.
Teaneck-resident Paula Rogovin and Anna Berlinrut, of Nutley, both with sons who were deployed in Iraq, are part of the group filing suit. Rogovin has organized weekly vigils protesting the war outside the Teaneck Armory.
The U.S. Department of Justice has 30-days to respond to the suit, Askin said.