The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers

CIVIL RIGHTS

The National Law Journal

NEAL KATYAL
Principal Deputy Solicitor General

The U.S. Supreme Court has a tendency to defer to the president in times of war. Even Neal Katyal has called himself a "presidential deferentialist." But not absolutely. When he read the White House news release announcing President George W. Bush's plan for military commissions to try terrorism detainees, he told Legal Times in 2006, "I went into my classroom and said, 'Hah. I've found something that's totally unconstitutional.' "

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