April 29, 2010
Any fresh thoughts about President Obama's pending SCOTUS nomination decision?
In addition to being a bit (unjustifiably?) annoyed that it is taking quite some time for President Obama to name a replacement for Justice Stevens, I am annoyed that the same usual suspects keep getting talked up on the usual short lists. For example, this Newsweek featurehas an array of intriguingly different commentors discussing the same old short list candidates (with the possible exception of Elizabeth Warren, who is championed by Jonathan Alter). Similarly, SCOTUSblog prognosticator Tom Goldstein had this long post earlierthis week saying all the politics have changed and thus he is now predicting the selection of... Elana Kagan, the same person he predicted would be selected way back in February.
Consequently, looking for some fresh names and fresh thoughts if only for the joy of discussion, I wonder if any readers have come across or come up on their own with any truly original possibilities for the next Justice.
Some related SCOTUS short-list posts (both recent and distant):
- Developing a SCOTUS short list of district court judges
- Insider myopia and the diverse benefits of a short bench
- Does SCOTUS need a trial judge?
- Great insights on SCOTUS and criminal justice
- Brave New Justice and sentencing issues
- Will the next SCOTUS nominee have any criminal law background?
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Posted by: Ryan S | Apr 29, 2010 3:04:50 PM
I heard a rumor that Supremacy Claus has thrown his hat in the ring.
Posted by: JC | Apr 29, 2010 3:28:18 PM
The rent seeking dumb@ss lawyers better keep a low profile if SC enters the ring....New sheriff in town....boys....
Posted by: Goodyr | Apr 29, 2010 3:50:07 PM
I think Judge Kevin Fine of Harris County, Texas has the kind of open-mindedness & respect for the Constitution that one would look for in a Supreme Court Justice, and I think he would balance the court out in a good way.
Posted by: hope4justice | Apr 29, 2010 11:09:25 PM
Anybody know anything about Judge Sidney Thomas from the 9th Circuit?
Posted by: NCProsecutor | Apr 30, 2010 10:13:32 AM
It's a mystery (and a really scary one at that) how Merrick B. Garland could be on Obama's shortlist yet enjoy the gleeful support of right-wing, Reagan-era prosecutor Joe diGenova.
Here's diGenova's quote from Wednesday's Times: "...(Garland) is a profoundly serious guy who really should be the kind of person you want to have on the Supreme Court. If Obama wants to get a fantastic judge on the court, he's got one ready to go in Merrick Garland."
Posted by: John K | Apr 30, 2010 2:11:24 PM