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Posted on 02/13/2010 10:46:17 AM PST by Justaham
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., criticized the American Bar Association on Thursday, saying it should "get a new life" in how it rates prospective federal judges, after one of his choices got a mixed review.
In remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Reid said the bar association's ratings board puts too much weight on whether judicial nominees have prior bench experience and overlooks "real world" qualifications.
Reid expanded his criticism to include the Supreme Court, whose makeup, he said, consists of "people who have never seen the outside world."
"I have asked President (Barack) Obama, 'Let's get somebody on the court that has not been a judge.' They need to do more than thinking of themselves as these people who walk around in these robes in these fancy chambers."
Reid was set off by the ABA's rating of Las Vegas attorney Gloria Navarro, who also appeared before the Senate committee as his choice and Obama's nominee to become a U.S. district judge in Nevada.
According to the association's 15-member Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, a "substantial majority," consisting of 10 to 13 members, rated Navarro "qualified," while a minority rated her "not qualified."
The bar shares its ratings in an advisory capacity with the White House and the Senate, which votes on the nominees.
The committee considers a nominee's "professional competence, integrity and judicial temperament." It rates each nominee as "well qualified," "qualified," or "not qualified."
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>>Reid expanded his criticism to include the Supreme Court, whose makeup, he said, consists of “people who have never seen the outside world.”<<
Says someone who has never seen the outside world.
OTOH, he will experience it very, very soon.
I wish that November would get here a little quicker.Then Harry will be shown the door,and the country will be a better place....
And I think I’ll have an operation done by a surgeon who hasn’t actually cut open anything before.
Harriet Miers is still available.
Considering the ABA has a LOT of lawyers, it’s a little stupid to be defaming them.
This is idiotic. In trying to defend the lack of judicial experience for one nominee he felt it completely kosher to denigrate every nominee that does have extensive judicial experience. That's arrogance. What's the saying, "Cut your nose to spite your face" or something like that.
Whats changed Harry?