Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases about (1) recess appointments and (2) misbehaving debtors in bankruptcy:
(1) NLRB v Noel Canning [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-1281]
- Can the President exercise the recess-appointment power during a recess while the Senate is still in session? Can the President exercise this power when the Senate convenes every three days in pro forma sessions?
- Can the President use the recess-appointment power to fill any vacancy that exists during a recess, or only to fill those vacancies that arose during the recess?
(2) Law v. Siegel [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-5196]
- If a debtor in bankruptcy commits misconduct during bankruptcy proceedings, can statutory exemptions previously granted to him be revoked as punishment for his misbehavior?