Originally Posted by Rob Lister
I'm guessing he didn't spell out his reasoning because he couldn't justify legally (regardless of the morality). I thought this [prohibition] was established law.
In the US, no law is established until and unless it survives challenges at the highest levels of the court system. Even then, a new court can unestablish it at a whim.
Relying on the law for any purpose is an expensive and ongoing proposition.