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The United States, he added, has existed for more than 200 years “without this mega, all-inclusive, obstruction-of-justice statute with the intent to impede anything, any matter, that the possibility of the United States could or may or may¬†never be interested in. [Congress] didn’t create it buried within the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and this court shouldn’t put it in there now.”

 

Reed Rubenstein, senior vice president for litigation of Cause of Action, an amicus party supporting Yates, said after watching the arguments, “I think they’re struggling to find a limiting principle that will cabin the government’s discretion. The obvious one is that this law was designed to apply to business records. To do anything else leads you into the land of absurdities that justices Breyer and Kennedy pointed out.”