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On March 31, 2009, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In this case, the Court considered whether the Apology Resolution passed by Congress restricted the State of Hawaii’s sovereign authority to transfer publicly held land for private development. In a 9-0 decision delivered by Justice Alito, the Court ruled that the Resolution did not create new substantive rights that limited Hawaii's sovereign authority.
To discuss the decision, we have the Director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Todd F. Gaziano.