A Foreigner Who Upset U.S. History

His case was atypical, incidental to the major legal issues at stake and, for some time now, moot to him personally. But San Francisco stereo Salesman Jagdish Rai Chadha, 38, provided the unlikely focal point for last week's Supreme Court decision banishing the legislative veto and altering the balance of power in the U.S. Government. Said a stunned Chadha, after hearing the news in a 7 a.m. phone call from his victorious Washington lawyer: "It's kind of overwhelming."

The case began nine years ago when Chadha found himself the proverbial man without a...

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