Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Centrist Judges for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Two seats are open in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Sens. John Warner and Jim Webb are busy combing over a list for consensus candidates to recommend to the White House.

The 4th Circuit has a reputation for being extremely conservative and hears appeal cases from Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Folks may recall that shortly after President Bush nominated Samuel Alito to the U.S. State Supreme Court, Judge J. Michael Luttig, who had been a top condender for the spot, stunned conservatives by resigning from a life appointment in the Appeals Court.

Oh, what a difference our junior senator has made to the equation. With Dems in the majority and Goober Allen gone, the consensus candidates between Webb and Warner will look absolutely nothing like the ones that would likely have emerged if Allen had won. Or the ones Bush was trying to shove down our throats before the '06 election.

Just last year, Bush was trying to appoint William Haynes and Terrence Boyle to the Appeals Court.
Haynes is the Pentagon's top lawyer, and was an architect of the Bush's now-abandoned policy toward treatment of detainees in the war on terror.

Boyle is a federal judge in North Carolina, and his appointment to the 4th Circuit [had] provoked opposition from Democrats who cited his rulings in civil rights and disability cases, as well as his higher-than-average reversal rate by higher courts.

And a trip a little further down memory lane might bring to mind the time that Bush a mere few years ago almost succeeded in appointing petty thief extraordinaire Claude Allen to the Court.

Elections matter. Thank you Virginia voters for saving the Commonwealth!

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