Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bush To Anounce New Supreme Court Justice

Bloomberg.com reports that Bush has made a decision, albeit probably strategic, on the new Supreme Court Justice to replace O'Conner. Apparently O'Conner was the "swing vote" on rulings such as abortion and affirmitive action which implies that the newly appointed justice will certainly play a critical role. Rumors say that Judge Edith Brown Clement of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is going to be the next justice. I don't know her record and where she stands on the political spectrum, but let's hope she can put her political views aside and not become another partisan hack. Bush will make his announcement at 9:00 p.m. tonight:

Bush Plans Announcement on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee (Update1)

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush has decided on his nominee to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and will announce his choice in a 9 p.m. televised White House speech, spokesman Scott McClellan said.

McClellan gave no further details. Bush said earlier he had been reviewing candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and refused to comment on possible nominees. Republican activists with ties to the White House are anticipating that Bush's choice will be Judge Edith Brown Clement of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

``The fact that this is the name everybody is hearing is a pretty good sign she's the one,'' said Bradford A. Berenson, a former associate White House counsel under Bush.

Clement's office in New Orleans declined to comment.

O'Connor, the court's swing vote on abortion and affirmative action, announced July 1 she will retire when her successor is confirmed. The new justice would be the court's first new face since 1994.

``I'm comfortable with where we are in the process,'' Bush said at a press conference in Washington. ``I do have an obligation to think about people from different backgrounds'' who also share his philosophy and ``won't legislate from the bench.''

Social conservative groups have been urging the president to nominate someone likely to limit abortion rights, gay rights and affirmative action. First lady Laura Bush, meanwhile, said she wants her husband to nominate a woman to replace O'Connor. The only other woman on the court is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The challenge for the White House will be to win confirmation in the Senate, where some Democrats may seek to use a parliamentary tactic called a filibuster to block a vote. The outcome may be determined by a group of 14 senators, seven from each party, whose May 23 agreement averted a showdown over a group of Bush's lower court nominees.

Following weeks of retirement speculation, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is battling thyroid cancer, said July 15 he will continue to serve as long as his health allows.


Blogger Speedmaster said...

Agreed, we cetainly don't need another SC judge that appears to not have read the Constitution since grammar school. ;-)


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