Archive for the ‘Federal Judges’ Category

Kagan’s Never had a Real Courtroom Trial!?

While I also approve of the notion that the High Court could use a “real attorney” and that too many experienced Federal Judges end up on the Supreme Court while many great attorneys in this country remain unconsidered–I assumed that Obama would select a real attorney–a real experinced trial attorney!!!

Why would anyone possibly think Kagan is qualified, if she has never fought in the trenches?  She’s apparently never fought a case for the little guy!  At least that is my understanding from this quote from Focus on the Family:

“Ms. Kagan is an accomplished scholar, but has never served as a judge and has spent very little time inside a court room. Prior to becoming solicitor general in 2009, she stated that she had never tried a case all the way to a decision or verdict.” 

She’s just another elitest, Ivy League, Washington D.C. insider who doesn’t understand what regular blue collar, hard working America is.  Kagan doesn’t get it.  

She doesn’t appreciate traditional family values or think that preserving the traditional definition of marriage is important.  And even worse yet, she’s been so busy promoting her far-left liberal ideological interests at Harvard Law and undermining sound Constitutional law as Solictor General that she apparently never found the time to take a case to trial in her entire legal career!

This appears to be a shady, disgraceful nomination of someone who does not deserve the title of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  Never mind ideology–the Senate ought to CAN her for lack of necessary experience. Period.  She ought to have the decency to withdraw her name much like Harriet Miers had the good sense to do.

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Associate Justice Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

As Barack Obama slowly but surely takes a definitive lead in the Democratic primary, there’s another option he could pursue to put opponent Hillary Clinton on his team as she gamely continues her seeming losing battle for the presidential nomination.

“It’s likely that the next president will face at least one Supreme Court vacancy,” a Washington Post guest writer points out in a much-read opinion piece today. “Obama should promise Hillary Clinton, now, that if he wins in November, the vacancy will be hers, making her first on a list of one.”

Even if Obama could persuade Clinton to accept a second-place position on a joint ticket, she would be a significant addition to the Supreme Court because of her intelligence, tenacity and expected liberal viewpoint, especially compared to some of the court’s sitting justices, according to James Andrew Miller, who served as an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., a Republican.

“President Obama would engender praise (at least from Democrats) at the prospect of Hillary going toe to toe with Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito,” Miller writes. “Clinton’s gumption and determination might make her one of the most powerful forces ever on the court, particularly when it comes to swaying other justices when the court is closely divided.”

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From Me: “Yikes!”  But I seriously doubt it would ever happen for any number of reasons.

Related: It’s About the Justices Stupid & Bill Proposes 50 New Federal Judgeships for Next President

Bill Proposes 50 New Federal Judgeships for Next President

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Up to 50 lifetime appointments to the Federal judiciary may be at stake immediately in the race for the White House if this law passes:  

The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008, sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is aimed at easing judges’ caseloads in federal courts.

The measure would add 12 permanent seats to U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and 38 permanent seats to U.S. District Courts across the country. It would also make five temporary judgeships – one each in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico – permanent. It would also put two temporary seats in the Ninth Circuit and 14 temporary district court seats around the country. It would take effect the day after the next president is inaugurated.  Full Article

Now, I understand that the Federal dockets are cramped, but that’s nothing new.  I just don’t recall the Senate being very interested in this problem during the Bush presidency.  Hmmmmm.   Maybe conservatives can look forward to McCain winning this election, or we can thank the good Senator for having enough sense and foresight (remember the Gang of 14?) to preserve the Senate’s privilege to filibuster possible liberal, living-Constitution nominee types in the unfortunate event that he lose this election.

Earlier Post: Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid”