SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

SUPREME COURT ROUNDUP. There's been countless articles, op-eds, and blog posts over the last few days suggesting who the next nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court should be and what we can all expect to have happen in the confirmation hearings. Since there's so much ELSE out there to read, I'll just make a few observations of my own.

1. The confirmation process and hearings to be ugly. (See Hugh Hewitt's Melody Townsell Gambit post.) No surprises here. Fortunately, New Media has a huge interest in this matter, and the composition of the federal judiciary has been a major issue of the last Presidential election and the last two Congressional elections--at least. The President should likely have a strong base of support for his nominee.

2. The confirmation process should should proceed swiftly and should NOT be delayed. This past weekend, Hewitt had a post discussing the possibility that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter will put the hearings on the slow track. This is a terrible idea and serves no purpose whatsoever except as to allow character assassins more time and put off other important legislative business while the confirmation process is ongoing.

3. Judge Janice Rogers Brown would be an EXCELLENT choice to succeed Justice O'Connor. Brendan Miniter gives Judge Brown an endorsement today in his most recent "The Western Front" Opinion Journal column. The folks at Powerline have also been carrying the banner for Judge Brown. I strongly agree with them both. A former counsel to Gov. Pete Wilson of California, a respected Justice on the California Supreme Court, and recently confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Brown is one of my top choices.

4. Judge Michael McConnell would also be an OUTSTANDING nominee. Some folks have asked me who my nominee of choice is. I don't have a definitive opinion, but aside from Judge Brown, I am also a fan of Judge McConnell. He was a highly-respected legal academic who takes federalism seriously and is an authority on the First Amendment religion clauses. He would do serious credit to the Court and the constitution, if nomiated and confirmed. Out of all the nominees, I'm probably most familiar with his work, and I've met him twice in person. He is a very kind man and respect he commanded in the legal academy was so strong that the Senate Democrats were not able to maintain a filibuster for his confirmation to the 10th Circuit. At this point, I simply do not know enough about Judges Luttig, Roberts or Clement to say anything definitive--except as to say I have only heard good things about all three.

5. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would be a good Justice, but for now he is a better fit at DOJ. As I stated in a recent post, AG Gonzales has what it takes to be on the SCOTUS. Perhaps he will be on the Court if another vacancy or two occurs. But he already occupies an important post and there are other qualified nominees that I would like to see get the first shot at the vacant seat.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)


  • At 12:11 AM, Blogger jordancunningham said…

    What about Garza? He has much of the same attributes as Gonzales, without the drawbacks. If interested, see my post

    (PS. I love your blog name. "All I asked for were frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads..." Good stuff.)

  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger James J. Na said…

    No way. Luttig or bust.

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger Coop said…

    I'll go with Garza....OR with Luttig.


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