Pratik Shah Quoted in Reuters Story on Supreme Court Travel Ban Case

Reuters has quoted Pratik Shah, co-head of Akin Gump’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, in the article “Supreme Court has option to duck travel ban ruling,” examining the options for the Supreme Court in light of the Trump administration’s new travel restrictions on people entering the United States from eight specific countries. The new restrictions are set to go into effect October 18, eight days after the Court is due to hear oral arguments over the legality of an earlier ban imposed by President Trump.

That ban, challengers say, discriminated against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution, but with only a 90-day effectiveness period, the article says the Court could resolve that dispute without issuing a ruling at all and say that the case is no longer a live issue and therefore moot. According to the article, the Trump administration may likely request that, if the Court dismisses the case, it also throws out the lower court rulings that struck down the bans.

“It’s certainly in the government’s interest to get the adverse ... opinions off the books,” said Shah, “because those decisions constrain executive authority.”