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July 27, 2015

Monday funnies: Let's imagine who might be on Prez Donald Trump's SCOTUS shortlist

In the midst of having a serious discussion with a serious lawyer concerning of the possible future direction of some serious Supreme Court criminal justice jurisprudence, a somewhat silly (and ridiculous?) topic came up: if somehow Donald Trump were to be our next President, just who might he appoint to fill the next few Supreme Court opennings?

Of course, thinking about who the next President might appoint to the Supreme Court is anything but a silly topic.  This is especially true because there is a real chance the next President, if he or she serves for two full Terms, could have as many as four SCOTUS seats to fill.  The seemingly silly part come from imagining Donald Trump is the one who actually has the constitutional power to fill those spots.

The lawyer I was talking too quickly came up with one seemingly fitting name: Mark Cuban.  Might dear readers enjoy suggesting some others?

July 27, 2015 at 03:42 PM | Permalink

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Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, obvs!

Posted by: Greg651 | Jul 27, 2015 3:49:41 PM

Judge Judy

Posted by: PDB | Jul 27, 2015 4:42:56 PM

Ted Cruz.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 27, 2015 4:43:40 PM

If you are suggesting, Mark Cuban, the businessman, it would be great to have a non-lawyer. Cuban is a Russian Jew, not a Hispanic. He would bring a breeze from the real world to that airtight chamber of lawyers. He would be blunt during his conformation hearings, and there is less likely to be a surprise awaiting 10 years after confirmation. He has lived in Washington DC and is likely already acculturated to its rent seeking culture. So you big government types would have nothing to fear.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 27, 2015 4:46:28 PM

Mark Cuban is a blow hard. Having said that, it isn't an patently ridiculous choice for a non-lawyer and I've long-argued that we need at least one non-lawyer on SCOTUS. Heck, if Trump made that a campaign promise /I/ might even vote for him one that basis alone.

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 27, 2015 8:23:50 PM

I am warm to the idea of appointing non-lawyers to the Supreme Court, though they should at least have qualifying expertise beyond just having strong opinions. I could see appointing a historian, a well-regarded ex-member of Congress, a political scientist -- or, in light of the abominable Florida vs. Harris decision, maybe even an actual scientist.

Posted by: C.E. | Jul 28, 2015 10:15:35 PM

I have strongly urged that lawyers be excluded by a constitutional amendment from all benches, all legislative seats, and all responsible policy positions in the executive. It is high time to expel these nincompoops.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 30, 2015 1:23:08 AM

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