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May 17, 2008

Developing AG and USSC short lists

Last weekend I encouraged, through this post, "Developing a SCOTUS short list of district court judges."  And all the comments were great (and I hope they will keep coming).  Inspired by this new Legal Times article, headlined "What the Presidential Candidates Plan for DOJ," I thought it would be fun to develop short lists for positions as Attorney General and US Sentencing Commissioner.

I am hoping the new President will have lots of innovative and diverse thoughts and interests when picking an AG and filling vacant seats on the USSC.  Perhaps readers can help the future President-elect develop innovative and diverse AG and USSC short lists.

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Obama's Top Picks for Attorney General:

John Edwards
Russ Feingold

Either would be awesome!

Posted by: Michael Hadley | May 17, 2008 8:41:37 PM

YOU for the USSC!

From my perspective, a great compromise. Only if Obama wins the nomination, of course, without a Dem you'd probably be a lost cause. But you are running a high profile blog on sentencing issues, you're not opposed to capital punishment and your approach to sentencing issues is fairly balanced (but for your affair with shame sentencing, which most of the defense-oriented among us would probably not endorse). I have no idea if you would be interested in such a role, but I am sure that you would be considered for one if you wanted it.

Posted by: Alec | May 18, 2008 7:49:35 AM

How on earth could John Edwards be an
"awesome" AG? His only meaningful
experience as a trial lawyer involves
channeling his clients in front of
star-struck southern juries who would
award a multi-million dollar verdict
to an orange. The career AUSAs who
handle complex criminal litigation
would look at him as an absolute joke.
How on earth could that guy even
possibly fathom how to hanlde
terrorism-related criminal trials?

Posted by: Large County Prosecutor | May 19, 2008 6:32:16 PM

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