Supreme Court: no closing Illinois locks, at least for now

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An Asian Bighead carp swims in the Great Lakes Invasive Species tank at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune)

The Supreme Court refused the request by the Michigan attorney general and other political hacks to issue a temporary injunction to close Illinois waterway locks to deny Asian carp access to the Great Lakes, the Tribune reported on Tuesday.

The court indicated that the hacks went after the wrong defendants by suing Illinois and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. In this, the court agreed with Illinois, which pointed out that the locks are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and, consequently, should have been named as defendants.
This hardly closes the books. Look for the plaintiffs to amend the suit and go after the Army Corps and Engineers, which fall under President Barack Obama's control. So, what will Obama do? Order the locks shut? Or defend the Army Corps against the plaintiffs, to keep the locks open (and anger his left-wing environmental supporters)? Should be interesting as we watch it play out. 

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