April 2, 2009
President Obama nominates two more district judges to serve as circuit judges
As detailed in this official press release, "President Obama today announced his intent to nominate Judge Gerard Lynch for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Andre Davis for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit." As this announcement suggests, both nominees have previously been confirmed for federal judgeships: Judge Lynch now serves on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Davis now serves on the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Serious sentencing fans should already know Judge Lynch's name. He has authored more than a few important sentencing opinions (see, e.g., blog entries here and here and here). He has also written a number of terrific sentencing articles, both from the bench and from the academy before he became a judge. Here are links to some of his more recent sentencing writings:
- Letting Guidelines be Guidelines (And Judges Be Judges), OSCJL Amici (January 2008)
- Sentencing: Learning from, and Worrying About, the States, Columbia Law Review (May 2005)
- Revising the Model Penal Code: Keeping It Real, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (Fall 2003)
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Supposedly Andre Davis has a pro-criminal bent. Goody.
Posted by: federalist | Apr 2, 2009 6:25:05 PM
Of all your ridiculous comments on this blog, "federalist," that surely must be the most ridiculous. Anyone who wants to look at Judge Davis's background, can start here.
Posted by: Peter G | Apr 2, 2009 6:40:22 PM
Whatever, Peter G. He's been reversed a ton.
Posted by: federalist | Apr 2, 2009 6:56:14 PM
I agree with Peter G. "[P]ro-criminal bent" is just an epithet if you have nothing to back it up, and if you have to qualify that epithet with "supposedly," you probably shouldn't bother posting at all.
Perhaps there's a legitimate criticism to be made of Lynch or Davis, but I haven't heard it. Once you accept that Obama isn't going to nominate conservative Republicans to the courts of appeals, it's hard to imagine 2 better selections. Lynch is widely known as one of the smartest judges on the bench and doesn't have a reputation for being particularly ideological. I don't know Davis quite as well, but his resume is very good and includes a little bit of just about everything you could ask for (including what looks like 2 years of experience as a prosecutor). Davis would also placate those who have been calling for more "diversity" on the 4th Circuit.
There may be something I'm missing, but it's hard to see either of these judges meeting credible political opposition to their nominations.
Posted by: anonymous | Apr 2, 2009 6:58:09 PM
"Diversity" of course being a qualification . . . . Davis has been reversed a ton, even by some of the Clinton appointees on the Fourth Circuit.
The GOP should basically tell Obama no judges. He voted to filibuster one of our guys. So he can take his liberal judges and stick them.
Posted by: federalist | Apr 2, 2009 8:27:54 PM
Federalist, Maybe you should tell "the GOP" your views. I am sure they really want to hear them.
Posted by: S.cotus | Apr 4, 2009 9:28:03 PM