Court says judges can't decide draft complaint

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Associated Press

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 11 at 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says federal employees cannot go to trial judges to complain about their firing for not signing up for the U.S. draft.

The high court ruled Monday that the Civil Service Reform Act took U.S. district courts' jurisdiction away from from judging these types of claims.

Several men lost their jobs in the executive branch for not signing up for Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 26. They sued, but at least two federal appeals courts ruled that they couldn't bring lawsuits straight to court because lawmakers had stripped trial judges of their jurisdiction.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a 6-3 decision saying the Merit Selection Protection Board must hear the case. Justices Samuel Alito, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented.

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