Friday, July 01, 2005

This should be fun to watch

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court today, which ensures non-stop judiciary coverage from the media for at least the next few weeks. O'Connor, a moderate conservative, often was the swing vote in close cases, so President Bush no doubt is eager to replace her with someone who will push the Court to the right.

The conventional wisdom is Bush wants to replace the Court's first female justice with its first Hispanic justice. The front-runner is Emilio Garza, a very conservative member of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Another possibility is Bush's friend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but many social conservatives think the man who called parts of the Geneva Conventions "obsolete" and "quaint" is too liberal, especially on abortion and affirmative action. Ed Prado, another 5th Circuit judge, is a moderate Hispanic conservative who'd likely sail to confirmation, but that moderation probably will preclude him from receiving the nod.

NPR has a list of other possible nominees, written a couple of days ago when some observers thought Chief Justice William Rehnquist would be the one to offer the Court's first vacancy in 11 years.

5 Comments:

Blogger Marlin Caddell said...

I know this is slightly off this topic, but I thought you might find this of interest.

This is from Sen. Richard Shelby's spokeswoman Virginia Davis.

"There are many instances where Senator Shelby supports legislation and resolutions, without co-sponsoring them. Senator Shelby supported this resolution and was very pleased that it passed."

It seems that Shelby is not going to co-sponsor the resolution.

Just thought I'd pass the tidbit along.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Marlin Caddell said...

Forgot to add this:

That's talking about the anti-lynching apology resolution.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Yes, I've seen that statement before. The number of senators who aren't co-sponsors seems to have leveled off at 10, with Shelby, sadly, among their ranks.

1:45 PM  
Blogger kissmyotts said...

Well ya know it's going to be good fun to watch this confirmation battle unfold.

But unfortunately, in all the hoopla over 10 commandments, eminent domain and now the future of the 'constutional' right to infanticide, a very important decision has been overlooked: MGM v. Grokster. I think it's a terrible ruling for technological innovation and progress. Just wondering if the sage author of this fine blog noticed that case.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Indeed, the proprietor is aware of the vaguest outlines of the case, though unfamiliar with the details. There being a request, however, I'll look into it.

1:10 AM  

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