It’s not Indian law, but it is pretty amazing:
Letter to AG Cox re Health Care Reform Mar 24 2010.final
This is hysterical. I happen to agree with the position the Governor takes in this letter, that the Michigan Constitution vests the executive power in the governor (Article V, section 1) and that the Attorney General, by definition, is an inferior executive officer. This, of course, is the polar opposite of what then Attorney General Jennifer Granholm argued to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1999, when she claimed inherent extraconstitutional powers for the Attorney General, essentially elevating the AG to a fourth branch of government that in her words served as an important check on the Governor and the rest of the executive branch. The shoe is now decidedly on the other foot.
In response to Matthew’s broader point on the American Indian Law section list-serve, that those of us practicing in the Indian law field should recall this letter when we see state AG’s signing onto an amicus brief, I’d note that it was my experience that the AG’s office circulates such briefs to the Governor’s Office and generally seeks input from the Governor’s Counsel before signing onto them.
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