Rick Renzi

Rick Renzi Appeal Denied, Limiting Congress' 'Speech or Debate' Immunity

The Supreme Court refused to hear Renzi's appeal. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the Supreme Court declined to hear former Rep. Rick Renzi's latest appeal Monday, it was the latest blow to Congress' ability to shield its work from prosecutors under the Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause.  

An amicus brief filed in April by the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group warned of dire consequences for Congress unless the court struck down the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against Renzi's defense.