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October 16, 2005

Will the MSM ever look at Miers and criminal justice issues?

I am pleased to see that some folks over at The Volokh Conspiracy are exploring the Miers' nomination through the lens of criminal justice issues: Orin Kerr speculates here on how Miers might handle death penalty cases, and Juan Non-Volokh notes here how much of the High Court's constitutional work is in the arena of criminal procedure.  Now I am wondering when the mainstream media will get with the program.

Notably, in two weeks since Miers' nomination, we have seen articles about her 1968 law review note and about her girls' nights out, and now we know from this NY Times article that she is a "very good bowler" who "gets a lot of action out of the pins."  But, to my chagrin, we still have not seen a single article exploring Miers' notable work with the prisoner re-entry group Exodus Ministries, and there has been precious little coverage of her vocal advocacy for adequate funding of indigent defense

Especially since nearly half of the Supreme Court's docket involves criminal cases or related issues, I have been hopeful we could see a robust public exploration of Miers' work in the criminal justice arena. Moreover, because of all the buzz about Miers' religion and how this background might bespeak a new right on sentencing issues, broader public examination of the criminal justice system in the context of the Miers' nomination holds some hope of avoiding the usual knee-jerk right/left discussion of being tough or soft on crime.

Perhaps criminal justice issues will become grist for the MSM mill now that there is a new White House strategy to focus on Miers' qualifications.  I hope so, though I am not expecting too much.

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Since I think the answer to your question is, "No," thank heavens you're doing this, Doc. Truly your Miers stuff has been First-Rate Blogging.

Posted by: Scott | Oct 17, 2005 9:22:28 AM

Thanks, Scott, you are too kind. And right back at ya'; your work of late at Grits has been top-flight!

Posted by: Doug B. | Oct 17, 2005 9:51:49 AM

great article. love your previous work as wel

Posted by: background check | Nov 9, 2005 5:14:26 PM

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