Former Federal Appeals Chief Judges Urge Senate to Act on Supreme Court Nominee

, The National Law Journal


Two federal appeals court chief judges—Patricia Wald and John Gibbons—are urging the U.S. Senate to act on President Obama's forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee, according to a letter released on Monday by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

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  • Robby

    Danged. I submitted a comment here w/appropriate spaces, etc. But it appeared without those. Sorry. (And no editing capability?)

  • Robby

    To get a hearing on his nominee, Obama should submit an "extraordinary petition" to the SCt for a "writ of mandamus" to make the Senate at least hold hearings on his judicial nomination. Extraordinary Writ: wikipedia.org/wiki/Procedures_of_the_Su... Writ of Mandamus: wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandamus This would force the SCt to decide if the U.S. Constitution requires the Senate to hold such hearings as part of the President‘s clearly stated, "shall" (must) Constitutional duty to nominate and appoint SCt Judges. I think there is a good chance that the SCt (esp Chief Justice Roberts) would accept such an Extraordinary Petition. Roberts, though a Republican-appointed judge, is a reasonable-minded person, and has long voiced concern over seeing the SCt become a "political institution." And, this is precisely what the Republican Senate is trying to make it, by refusing -- on purely political grounds -- to even hold hearings on Obama‘s nomination. Roberts is likely very concerned about his court -- "The Roberts Court" -- being viewed as the one that ultimately made the SCt into a mostly political entity, rather than the apolitical one it is supposed to be.

  • Alan

    I invite readers to read The Supreme Court Vacancy, The Constitution, and The State of Politics published February 18, 2016, at The Examined Life and found at alansacker.blogspot.com. With a largely dysfunctional Congress brought about by hyper-partisanship by many on the right, political ideology is trumping good governance.

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