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  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor Dons New Robe as William & Mary Chancellor

    04/08/2006 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 14 replies · 500+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | AP
    WILLIAMSBURG (AP) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor traded judge's robes for an academic gown yesterday as she was installed in the honorary post of chancellor of the College of William & Mary. < snip > Mrs. O'Connor succeeds former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who was appointed in 2000 to replace former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. William & Mary was chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II. The chancellor serves as an adviser to the president and an advocate for the school and meets occasionally with students and faculty. Until...
  • New York Archdiocese Sets Biggest Closing in Its 150 Years

    03/29/2006 6:04:17 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | March 29, 2006 | Michael Luo
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced plans yesterday for the most sweeping reorganization in its history of more than 150 years, recommending the closing of 31 parishes and 14 schools throughout the metropolitan region.At the same time, the archdiocese recommended creating five new parishes in Staten Island, Orange County and Dutchess County and constructing several new church buildings, mostly in northern Westchester County, Rockland County and Dutchess County, where many Catholics who have left the city have relocated.The closings would hit the archdiocese the hardest in its southern parts — the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Yonkers and central...
  • Public Comments by Supreme Court Justices Veer Toward the Political

    03/19/2006 2:37:39 PM PST · by Crackingham · 18 replies · 791+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/19/6 | Adam Liptak
    Speeches by Supreme Court justices are usually sleepy civics lessons studded with references to the Federalist Papers and the majesty of the law. That seems to be changing. This month, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told an audience at Georgetown University that a judiciary afraid to stand up to elected officials can lead to dictatorship. Last month, speaking in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the courts were a safeguard "against oppressive government and stirred-up majorities." ....... The recent speeches, said Kermit L. Hall, the editor of "The Oxford Companion to the United States Supreme Court," may be...
  • Texas legislators take issue with O'Connor's warnings

    03/19/2006 3:03:06 AM PST · by flattorney · 25 replies · 1,370+ views
    Dallas News ^ | Sunday, March 19, 2006 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>WASHINGTON – Now that she's left the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor has a few things to get off her chest. One of the first was to warn that the nation could slide into dictatorship if harsh critiques of the judiciary – from the likes of Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Tom DeLay – go unanswered.</p>
  • Ex Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Bashes Pro-Life Advocates on Terri Schiavo

    03/13/2006 12:30:47 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 162 replies · 3,614+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 13, 2006 | by Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor used a speech at Georgetown University to attack pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri Schiavo's parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter's euthanasia death. She claimed a Congressional effort to have federal courts review the case was a first step towards a dictatorship. O'Connor, who backs abortion, announced her retirement last year and was recently replaced by federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito, who pro-life advocates hope will be more open to upholding laws that protect the right to life. "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would...
  • Former Top Judge Says US Risks Edging Near To Dictatorship

    03/12/2006 6:49:12 PM PST · by blam · 122 replies · 2,983+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-13-2006 | Julian Borger
    Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship · Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks · Lawyers 'must speak up' to protect judiciary Julian Borger in Washington Monday March 13, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary. In a strongly worded speech at Georgetown University, reported by National Public Radio and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms O'Connor took aim at Republican leaders...
  • O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again

    03/12/2006 1:09:09 PM PST · by NinoFan · 72 replies · 2,385+ views
    Law.com ^ | March 13, 2006 | Tony Mauro
    O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again By Tony Mauro Legal Times March 13, 2006 The next stage of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's public life began taking shape last week: a combination of speaking out, receiving accolades and even, she hinted, sitting as a judge again. In a talk Thursday at Georgetown University Law Center, she demurred when it was suggested she could be more candid now that she's no longer a justice: "I've retired, but I'm still a federal judge." Retired justices can sit by designation on any federal court, but O'Connor did not indicate where she hopes to...
  • O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor showed Thursday that she's not absent from judicial issues. During a speech in Washington, she said Republican leaders' attacks on the courts threaten the constitutional freedoms of Americans.So now the Supreme Court can't be criticized. I hate judges...
  • Justice Stevens to retire soon?

    02/02/2006 1:49:42 PM PST · by Tarkin · 21 replies · 1,257+ views
    (...) Third party sources are now telling me that the John Paul Stevens rumor is true and that the White House is now planning for a third vacancy, but not until the end of the year [2005]. Third party sources, who I treat as credible, say that Stevens has begun taking actions in his personal life to make arrangements for personal affairs. It is presumed that Stevens is taking steps to retire. A separate third party source tells me that Ginsberg is not expected to retire, as her health is fine. Stevens has reportedly sent signals that he will retire...
  • No Sentimental Send-Off for O'Connor -- Yet

    01/24/2006 5:40:34 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 16 replies · 592+ views
    Legal Times via Yahoo News ^ | 1/24/06 | Tony Mauro
    The Supreme Court can sometimes seem like an unsentimental place, and Monday was one of those times. It was probably Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's final day on the bench after 25 years on the Court, yet no one paused to note that fact. No final huzzahs, no commendations from her colleagues, nothing. Two justices, John Paul Stevens, and Antonin Scalia, were not even on the bench for the occasion. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will soon become the only woman left on the high court, seemed more forlorn than usual, and O'Connor herself seemed somber. But other than that it...
  • Swing Vote

    01/24/2006 8:09:42 AM PST · by lawdude · 6 replies · 338+ views
    1/24/06 | Self
    I have been watching the Judicial Committee and collateral news events for a long time. I am struck by the continued use of the term "Swing Vote"! Now, I am an attorney but certainly not an expert on the supremes. My Question is, WHAT IS A SWING VOTE? Do the Justices vote in order of senority? No, that would make Souter or Ginsburg the final vote. Did the Court decide to make SDO'C wait until the adults voted before allowing her to speak out? Is she some revered mental wiz that is, by virtue of her supreme knowledge, allowed to...
  • The Case of Alito v. O'Connor

    01/11/2006 8:04:06 AM PST · by Dave S · 8 replies · 433+ views
    National Journal ^ | Jan. 9, 2006 | Stuart Taylor Jr.
    Most analysts predict (and I agree) that if confirmed, Judge Samuel Alito will be more conservative than Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whom he would succeed on the Supreme Court. That's why O'Connor was practically begged to stay on by liberal Democratic senators such as Barbara Boxer of California and Patrick Leahy of Vermont; moderate Republican senators such as Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; and liberal groups such as the National Organization for Women. Alito's critics have ignored evidence that his 15 years of precedent-respecting work as a judge tell more about him than...
  • Forget Abortion; They’re Coming After You Next

    12/09/2005 3:04:21 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 6 replies · 563+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/09/05 | Purple Mountains
    The taking of people’s property by eminent domain in order to sell it to private developers is getting totally out of hand, and crying for justice. After the infamous Kelo vs. New London case was decided in favor of developers by the liberal majority on the Supreme Court, there was a spate of stories about how the US Congress and various states were enacting laws to counter this abysmal (and plainly unconstitutional) decision. It is becoming clear, however, that people’s rights (especially poor people) are being trampled on all over the country, and the only way to right this wrong...
  • Blame GOP "Leadership" for Renegade {Arlen} Specter

    11/08/2005 1:40:42 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 905+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 11-08-05 | Sowell, Thomas
    Blame GOP 'Leadership' for Renegade Specter by Thomas Sowell Posted Nov 8, 2005 The recent announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter that confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito have been postponed until January was only the latest in a series of painful examples of what happens when Senate Republicans wimp out. Senator Specter did not wimp out. The Senate Republican “leadership” wimped out when they made him chairman of the Judiciary Committee after he had fired a shot across the bow of his own President, right after the election, publicly warning President Bush not to nominate anyone to...
  • Judge O'Conlito?

    11/03/2005 6:09:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 337+ views
    Wiz Bang Blog ^ | 3 November | Kevin Aylward
    Judge O'Conlito? Talking head hottie Flavia Colgan, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor (remember her?), warns that both sides will be disappointed with Judge Samuel Alito if he's confirmed to the Supreme Court. From her HuffPo piece: The question people have to ask is what constitutes a link that is so invalid that it renders the whole chain weak and un-useful. The left needs to determine whether they are willing to sink a candidate for the court that has expressed pro-choice legal opinions three out of four times, because of the one time he did not....
  • Democrats Try to Use Alito Row To Tip Scales in Midterm Election (In Whose Favor?)

    11/01/2005 10:42:59 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 26 replies · 923+ views
    Democrats Try to Use Alito Row To Tip Scales in Midterm Election By JEANNE CUMMINGS Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 2, 2005; Page A6 The battle lines over the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court began emerging Tuesday. Democrats are hoping to use his conservative record as a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia to drive a wedge between Republicans and swing voters who could be critical in next year's midterm elections. "If kowtowing to the extremists in his own party is necessary for [President Bush's] political survival, and it may be in the...
  • Conservatives enthusiastic about Alito (DeWine Grows Spine)

    11/01/2005 9:09:39 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 7 replies · 775+ views
    Conservatives enthusiastic about Alito Democrats considering filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Tuesday, November 1, 2005; Posted: 11:50 a.m. EST (16:50 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House got the reaction it wanted out of its third Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals judge Samuel Alito: immediate acceptance from the conservatives who helped torpedo President Bush's previous pick. But abortion rights Democrats are openly talking about trying to block the New Jersey jurist. "The filibuster's on the table," Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California said as Alito headed back to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Alito is courting Republicans crucial to his attempt...
  • Alito Leans Right Where O'Connor Swung Left

    11/01/2005 5:59:22 AM PST · by no dems · 36 replies · 756+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2005 | Charles Lane
    In 1991, Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. voted to uphold a Pennsylvania statute that would have required at least some married women to notify their husbands before getting an abortion; a year later, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor cast a decisive fifth vote at the Supreme Court to strike it down. In 2000, Alito ruled that a federal law requiring time off for family and medical emergencies could not be used to sue state employers for damages; three years later, O'Connor was part of a Supreme Court majority that said it could. And last year, Alito upheld the death sentence of...
  • A Bruising High Court Fight Likely - Two conservative favorites reportedly top Bush list

    10/30/2005 7:50:40 AM PST · by XR7 · 122 replies · 3,322+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/30/05 | Jan Crawford Greenburg
    WASHINGTON — Rebounding from the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, President Bush is poised to select between two of the nation's leading conservative federal appeals-court judges — both with deep backgrounds in constitutional law — for what promises to be a bruising Senate confirmation battle. With an announcement expected today or Monday, administration officials have narrowed the focus to Judges Samuel Alito of New Jersey and Michael Luttig of Virginia, sources involved in the process said. Both have sterling legal qualifications and solid conservative credentials, and either would set off an explosive fight with Senate Democrats,...
  • Michigan Supreme Court Justice says state highest court is committed to strict interpretation of law

    10/29/2005 10:18:41 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Michigan Supreme Court Justice says state's highest court is committed to strict interpretation of law By Fred Gray, News-Review staff writer Wednesday, July 6, 2005 11:53 AM EDT Corrigan Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan says the majority on the high court has been committed to "textualism," or the application of the objective meaning of the actual words of the statute or constitution, since 1999, when for the first time in 50 years justices nominated by the Republican Party became the majority of the court. "Fundamentally, a majority of the court believes a court's role is to interpret the law,...
  • Justice O'Connor Faces Major Cases as She Awaits Successor

    10/27/2005 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 4 replies · 513+ views
    AP ^ | 10/27/5 | Gina Holland
    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement has been delayed again, putting her at the center of upcoming Supreme Court debates on abortion, the death penalty and gay rights. Until Thursday, the White House had been pushing to have Harriet Miers confirmed before the court took up some of the most contentious cases of the year. Miers' withdrawal means O'Connor will hear those cases - and could control the outcome. O'Connor said Thursday of her stay on the high court, "It sounds like it may go on a little longer." She is a moderate who has backed abortion rights and limits on...
  • O'Connor Calls for Clearer Detainee Rules (Received Thayer Award)

    10/21/2005 8:37:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 444+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/05 | Michael Virtanen - ap
    WEST POINT, N.Y. - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Thursday spoke out for clearer and more high-minded rules governing the detention and interrogation of prisoners in the war on terrorism. Addressing cadets at West Point, O'Connor said incidents from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have shown confusion among soldiers and the need for guidance. While the Supreme Court has ruled that prisoners should have a meaningful opportunity to challenge indefinite detention, O'Connor said the court should not and cannot give broad answers to policy questions. The president and Congress have done little...
  • Sandra Day O'Connor named grand marshal [Rose Parade 2006]

    10/19/2005 4:26:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 6 replies · 420+ views
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | October 19, 2005 | Emanuel Parker
    Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, has been chosen to be the 2006 Rose Parade grand marshal by Libby Evans Wright, the first woman to serve as president of the Tournament of Roses. O'Connor, who plans to retire after 24 years on the bench, will lead the 117th Rose Parade on Jan. 2, tournament officials announced from Washington, D.C., Tuesday on a satellite feed. The theme of the 2006 Rose Parade is "It's Magical.' O'Connor, 75, recalled that when she was a child, she traveled "several times' with her parents from their Arizona...
  • Questions About Miers That Bush Needs to Answer

    10/14/2005 12:38:54 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 162 replies · 1,831+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 10-14-05 | Schlafly, Phyllis
    Questions About Miers that Bush Needs to Answer by Phyllis Schlafly Posted Oct 14, 2005 If John G. Roberts' confirmation hearing is any guide, we won't learn anything from Harriet Miers' confirmation hearing. So here are some questions we would like President Bush to answer. You said, "Trust me." But why should we trust you when experience proves we could not trust the judgment of President Reagan (who gave us Justices O'Connor and Kennedy) or President George H.W. Bush (who gave us Justice Souter)? Are you more trustworthy than Reagan or your father? You said, "She's not going to change.......
  • The next O'Connor? Miers' rise a parallel

    10/09/2005 5:24:54 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 321+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 10/8/5 | Bill Adair
    When the president announced his Supreme Court nominee, Democrats had lots of praise. But many conservative Republicans were skeptical and feared the Texas-born attorney might be too liberal and support abortion. Some questioned whether she was qualified to serve on the nation's highest court. Commentator Patrick Buchanan groused that the Republican coalition was crumbling. The White House did damage control, declaring the nominee a solid conservative who staunchly opposed abortion. That episode, which played out in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor, has striking parallels with President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to fill O'Connor's seat. The...
  • Gonzales vs Raich revisited

    10/06/2005 1:41:59 AM PDT · by qlangley · 238+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 06 October 2005 | Quentin Langley
    According to First Among Equals, Ken Starr's history of the Supreme Court, one of the key features of the Rehnquist Court (which he claims could as easily be called the O'Connor Court) has been the reassertion of federalism. Certainly, Rehnquist and O'Connor were among the dissenters in the disgraceful Gonzales vs Raich, which eliminated the ability of the states to regulate intra-state commerce in marijuana. This means two of the three dissenters to that appalling ruling will soon be off the Court. Their two replacements both have long experience of serving in the executive branch. We might reasonably expect, therefore,...
  • 48 hours later - still the wrong choice

    10/05/2005 6:44:02 PM PDT · by hjvan · 6 replies · 242+ views
    United Press International July 8, 1981, Wednesday, AM cycle SECTION: Washington News BYLINE: By WESLEY G. PIPPERT DATELINE: WASHINGTON In Texas, television evangelist James Robison expressed his support for Mrs. [Sandra Day] O'Connor based on a conversation Tuesday with presidential counselor Edwin Meese. A Robison aide said Meese told the evangelist: ''Sandra O'Connor thinks abortion is abhorrent and is not in favor of it. She agrees with the president on abortion. There was a time when she was sympathetic toward the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) movement, but the more she studied and found out about it, the more she changed...
  • Top court seems closely divided on suicide law.

    10/05/2005 12:47:03 PM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 109 replies · 1,473+ views
    Yahoo.com (from Reuters) ^ | Wed Oct 5, 2005
    MEDICINE REGULATED BY STATES "The practice of medicine by physicians is an area traditionally regulated by the states, it is not?" O'Connor asked Solicitor General Paul Clement, the administration's top courtroom lawyer. It is not known whether O'Connor will still be on the court when it rules. She has said she will retire when her successor is confirmed by the Senate. Bush has chosen White House counsel Harriet Miers for O'Connor's seat. Justice David Souter said that 90 years of federal regulation have been aimed at stopping drug dealing and drug abuse. He described it as a "bizarre result" to...
  • Forget the Souters? No More Cliftons!

    10/05/2005 5:55:19 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 5 replies · 574+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | October 5, 2005 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The nomination of Harriet Miers has caused a great deal of consternation among liberals and conservatives alike. Miers is a blank slate and both sides are coloring the blank with their own ideology. Some however are adopting the attitude that President Bush knows what he is doing. There is no need to be concerned that Miers is a liberal in conservatives clothing like Justice David Souter was. Souter, as you may recall, was the Supreme Court nominee peddled to Bush 41 by John Sununu as a conservative. Once he became a Justice, he morphed into a liberal. Since Bush 43...
  • WSJ: Harriet Miers - Finally, a Supreme Court nominee who understands real people.

    10/05/2005 5:10:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 62 replies · 1,260+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5, 2005 | JOHN CORNYN
    Although the ink is still drying on her nomination, the president's selection Monday of Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has already been met with praise from senators on both sides of the aisle. As one would expect, her nomination has also been met with questions by those who do not yet know her. But those of us who do know and have worked with Ms. Miers think very highly of her, and we believe she will make a valuable contribution to the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, some have criticized the president because he did not select an Ivy-League-credentialed...
  • Knee Jerk Reactions

    10/03/2005 2:26:02 PM PDT · by KMAJ2 · 28 replies · 512+ views
    self | 10/2/05 | KMAJ
    By the title, some will think a blanket endorsement follows, but this is a non-endorsement vanity analysis. Who is Harriet Miers and what do we really know about her ? Basically, not much. And there in lies the crux of the matter. Usually it is the far left that provides the knee jerk reactions, in this instance, the far right has emulated the far left. If the best solid reason that can be used to decry her nomination is 1988 democrat donations from her law firm, than you reveal an entrenched ideological mindset. If your best solid reason for supporting...
  • (Vanity) Why Luttig Could Win Easy Confirmation

    10/02/2005 11:59:41 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 48 replies · 837+ views
    Self
    After thinking long and hard about this issue, I have come to the conclusion that Luttig will be a sail, if nominated as the replacement for Justice O'Connor. The DemRats can beat up Bush on not nominating a minority/woman, and yet grudgingly confirm. While it won't be politically expedient, we will get a true conservative on the court. Alternatively, if the DemRats defeat Luttig for his conservative ideology, but yet blame Bush for not nominating a minority/woman, Bush can always come back with Janice Rogers Brown and say here is your minority and woman, now confirm. It can easily be...
  • Next new US Supreme Court justice could upset political balance

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The upcoming nomination of a new US Supreme Court justice to fill a vacancy created by retiring Sandra Day O'Connor could alter a delicate political balance inside the court that plays a key role in US society. O'Connor, one of nine Supreme Court justices who is considered a moderate, announced her retirement in early July. Then, in early September, ultra-conservative US chief justice William Rehnquist died. Rehnquist was formally replaced on Thursday by former federal judge John Roberts, a dapper conservative who largely shares the views of the late chief justice. The change, however, should not alter...
  • Novak: The Next Justice? (Floats Harriet Miers and Samuel Alito)

    10/02/2005 8:36:24 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 859+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | October 2, 2005 | Robert Novak
    The two names passing through conservative legal circles last week to fill the remaining Supreme Court vacancy were White House Counsel Harriet Miers and Federal Appeals Court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. Miers, a 60-year-old former Dallas City Council member, is a prominent Dallas lawyer without judicial experience. She is close to President Bush, but the pro-life movement questions her position on abortion. She would be the first non-judge named to the Supreme Court since William Rehnquist in 1972. Nobody questions the conservatism of the 55-year-old Alito. He was named in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to the 3rd...
  • Steady Goes the Rumor Mill

    10/01/2005 10:56:27 AM PDT · by HapaxLegamenon · 11 replies · 811+ views
    Redstate ^ | October 1, 2005 | Erick
    For the first time since all the speculation began, we have come to a rare holding pattern where the names of one day have not suddenly shifted. Robert Novak is reporting that Samuel Alito and Harriet Miers are in the running. I'm still hearing Corrigan and Alito, with Williams as a back up. Several I have spoken to say the President has considered Miers, but that the White House has calculated that it would have trouble holding the base given that Miers is more of an enigma than Roberts. The White House has made a calculation that the Democrats are...
  • The Name is Almost Out

    09/30/2005 9:02:28 AM PDT · by Texas Federalist · 202 replies · 4,839+ views
    redstate.org ^ | 9/30/05 | Erick
    "Shell shocked," "confused," "stumbling," "full of doubt." These are all words I have heard used to describe the current White House effort to find Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement. Batchelder, Williams, and Owen have all been interviewed, but the process continues to sputter along. Several have told me not to buy into the Miers trial balloon. It is, I'm told, just that -- a trial balloon. Another tells me, "The President wants Gonzales. That's what is dragging this thing out. They're sending out people to say he is conservative as if by telling us that enough we will say, 'sure, he...
  • Replacing O’Connor Will Get Ugly

    09/29/2005 1:50:50 PM PDT · by Cautor · 41 replies · 1,201+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | September 29,2005 | Vincent Fiore
    Now that the John Roberts nomination is a virtual lock, Senate Democrats can get down to the real business at hand. That “real” business I speak of would be the destruction of nearly anyone President Bush nominates to fill the vacancy left upon the Supreme Court by departing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But is it Senate Democrats that conservatives around the country should be overtly worried about? After reading Robert Novak’s piece on September 12, titled: “Replacing O’Connor Could Get Ugly,” I felt justified in updating Mr. Novak’s choice of the word “could” to “will,” as senators--including some very key...
  • O'Connor Ready for Life After High Court

    09/29/2005 11:51:33 AM PDT · by fzx12345 · 16 replies · 405+ views
    AP, via ScotusBlog ^ | September 28, 2005 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she does not feel burdened by her delayed retirement though she is looking forward to book projects, travel and a public relations campaign on behalf of judges.
  • Supreme Court May Hear Abortion Case

    09/26/2005 3:26:12 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 737+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 26, 2005
    The Bush administration has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a ban on a procedure that critics call "partial birth" abortions, setting up a showdown that could be decided by the president's new choice for the court. The appeal, which had been expected, follows a two-year, cross-country legal fight over the federal law. An appeals court in St. Louis said this summer that the ban on late term abortion is unconstitutional because it makes no exception for the health of the woman. The Supreme Court has already scheduled arguments in November in another abortion case, involving New Hampshire's parental notification...
  • Diversity Pool for High Court Justices Too Shallow?

    09/24/2005 4:31:12 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 32 replies · 1,054+ views
    Law.com ^ | 09-26-2005 | Marcia Coyle
    If President Bush wants to make a "diversity" pick for a Supreme Court nomination, must he swim shallow or deep in the pool of conservative minority and female possibilities? Conventional wisdom last week suggested that Bush, after tapping Judge John Roberts, a white male, for the position of chief justice, was unlikely to name another white male for the remaining high court vacancy, the seat currently held by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female justice. Of course, conventional wisdom immediately after O'Connor announced her impending retirement held that Bush would maintain or increase diversity on the high court in...
  • SCOTUS Nomination: Cut the "No Boys Allowed" Crap

    09/23/2005 12:20:53 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 18 replies · 1,011+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/23/2005 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Cut the “No Boys Allowed” Crap The president should appoint a qualified judge of his choosing to the Supreme Court — male or female. ---------------------------------------------------- It all went downhill after women got the right to vote. Soon there were bras burning. Before long a "for women" mantra would become more pernicious than "for the children." There would be a glass ceiling and 75 cents on the dollar nonsense. The Supreme Court would find fatal (culturally and literally) penumbras to protect their (our) reproductive freedom. And gender quotas would be added to the Constitution. Oh wait. That last thing didn't actually...
  • The O'Connor Vacancy Short List

    09/21/2005 9:57:42 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 50 replies · 1,894+ views
    BLOGS FOR BUSH ^ | 9/21/2005 | Matt Margolis
    THE O'CONNOR VACANCY SHORT LIST See here : http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/20/politics/politicsspecial1/20confirm.html?pagewanted=print The New York Times reports that, "The White House is reshuffling its short list of potential Supreme Court nominees with a new emphasis on finding someone who will hold up under the pressure of what is expected to be fierce confirmation battle..." This revised criteria allegedly weakens the chances for Judge Janice Rogers Brown. Also on the list is Judge Priscilla Owen, who, "strategists say the White House is evaluating whether her reticence and mild manner would be a strength or a weakness under interrogation in the Senate." The Times lists...
  • Gipper or Gadfly?

    09/18/2005 11:44:57 AM PDT · by salenaz · 3 replies · 194+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 18, 2005 | Salena Zito
    Gipper or gadfly? By Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sunday, September 18, 2005 Allegheny County's Republican Committee should not consider the coming mayoral election as an inevitable failure. Bob O'Connor, poised to snatch the Grant Street throne from Tom Murphy, began his political identity as a registered Republican. Yes, a Republican. A brand of political philosophy that has not seen the light of day on Grant Street in more than 70 years now has a second cousin of sorts about to ace the general election. O'Connor is not the first Democrat Pittsburgh mayor to start his career as a card-carrying member...
  • Gipper or Gadfly?

    09/18/2005 9:09:25 AM PDT · by salenaz · 238+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 18, 2005 | Salena Zito
    Gipper or gadfly? By Salena Zito, Tribune-Review Sunday, September 18, 2005 Allegheny County's Republican Committee should not consider the coming mayoral election as an inevitable failure. Bob O'Connor, poised to snatch the Grant Street throne from Tom Murphy, began his political identity as a registered Republican. Yes, a Republican. A brand of political philosophy that has not seen the light of day on Grant Street in more than 70 years now has a second cousin of sorts about to ace the general election. O'Connor is not the first Democrat Pittsburgh mayor to start his career as a card-carrying member of...
  • WSJ: Judicial Tourism - What's wrong with the U.S. Supreme Court citing foreign law.

    09/16/2005 5:38:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 752+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2005 | MARY ANN GLENDON
    References to foreign law in Supreme Court opinions have become controversial.... True, the references have increased somewhat, but they remain rare, and no one suggests that the court has directly based any of its interpretations of the Constitution on foreign authority. As the issue was framed recently in a debate between Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia, it comes down to this: The former says that if a judge abroad has dealt with a similar problem, "Why don't I read what he says if it's similar enough? Maybe I'll learn something." Yet the latter would exclude such material as wholly...
  • Priscilla Owen: Next Supreme Court Justice?

    09/12/2005 11:49:23 AM PDT · by DallasMike · 16 replies · 576+ views
    Stingray blog ^ | 09/12/2005 | Michael McCullough
    In his Monday column, Replacing O'Connor could get ugly, Bob Novak reports that Judge Priscilla Owen is on President Bush's short list to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He claims that Owen had a secret meeting with the President last week and that things went well. This comports with insider Washington speculation that Bush will name either a conservative woman or minority to fill the post. Here's some information about Owen: Many political and legal insiders consider Owen is viewed as the strongest choice. Owen is only 50 years old and would guarantee a conservative court for 20 years....
  • Stand Up to Them, Mr. President: Nominate Another Scalia

    09/10/2005 9:27:57 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 751+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 00-09-05 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Stand Up to Them, Mr. President: Nominate Another Scalia by Patrick J. Buchanan Posted Sep 9, 2005 We are about to find out what George W. Bush is made of. For he is approaching the greatest crisis of his presidency. Nine days after 9-11, Bush gave the most powerful speech of his career and rallied a nation. Today, he sits atop a government whose agencies -- FEMA and Homeland Security -- are synonyms for bumbling in the worst disaster in American history. Democrats sense Bush may be assaulted with impunity. He can't or won't fight back. Thus, Hillary hits four...
  • Preparing for World War III (Replacing Rehquist First)

    09/08/2005 1:27:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 32 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 8, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Replacing Rehnquist before O'Connor makes matters tougher on the Bush administration and guarantees a showdown with liberal interest groups.A FEW MONTHS AGO, most observers expected Chief Justice William Rehnquist's failing health to trigger President Bush's first Supreme Court nomination. But Rehnquist hung on, to the surprise of many, and it was Sandra Day O'Connor whose resignation brought about the first vacancy on the Court since 1994. If that seems like a long time, it is: never before in American history have so many years elapsed between vacancies on the Supreme Court. President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts to replace O'Connor,...
  • Kristol: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory? (Will Bush nominate a conservative?)

    09/06/2005 4:14:43 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 87 replies · 2,198+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2005 | William Kristol
    WITH JOHN ROBERTS sailing toward confirmation last week, President Bush had the O'Connor seat "won." The Court was set to move one click to the right (so to speak). Then Chief Justice William Rehnquist died. The president chose to move Roberts over to fill the Rehnquist slot--thereby re-opening the vacancy created by Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement.One understands the attraction of Roberts as chief. But with this action, in one fell swoop, the president deprived himself and his supporters of the easiest argument for his next nominee: that surely a reelected conservative president is entitled to replace a conservative justice--Rehnquist--with another...
  • Democrats Demand Justice Just Like Rehnquist (Scrappleface)

    09/05/2005 5:44:18 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 9 replies · 855+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 9/5/2005 | Scott Ott
    Just hours after the death of William H. Rehnquist, Senate Democrats demanded that President George Bush nominate a replacement whose ideology and judicial philosophy match that of the late Supreme Court justice. "When Sandra Day O'Connor retired, we insisted Bush appoint a centrist to replace her and maintain the balance on the court," said one unnamed Senator. "Now, we demand that the president name a right-wing, conservative, originalist to replace Rehnquist for that same reason." The Senator explained that balance is the most important feature of the high court, trumping ideology, logic and the intent of the framers of the...