Supreme Court Confirmation

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Sandefur links to this article by Harvey Silvergate in Reason about J. Michael Luttig’s resignation from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to become the chief counsel for Boeing. That article in turn refers to a piece in the Wall Street Journal that is no longer available, unfortunately. Both articles argue that Luttig’s resignation was…

Luttig Leaves the Bench

This is interesting. J. Michael Luttig, a leading conservative judge and scholar who has often been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee and would certainly be on the short list for the next vacancy should it happen before 2008, has resigned from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He will be moving to the…

In an interesting turn of events, Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School has come out against the confirmation of Samuel Alito. His argument is based solely on Alito’s views on executive power: Whatever else Judge Alito may or may not have made clear about his views on such issues as abortion, federalism,…

Kennedy’s Remarks on Alito

Yesterday I highlighted the absurdities of Sen. Cornyn’s opening remarks about Judge Alito’s nomination. Today I think I’ll point the spotlight at Sen. Kennedy on the other side of the aisle. His opening statement (scroll down) was no less ridiculous. Kennedy referred to a study by Cass Sunstein, a distinguished liberal legal scholar from the…

Balko on Alito

Radley Balko has come out against the Alito nomination and he makes some very valid points in the process. The one thing that really disturbs me about Alito is his deference to the other branches of government.

Cornyn’s Remarks on Alito

As I mentioned, I did get to hear a few minutes of Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) opening remarks in this morning’s Alito confirmation hearing and got a good chuckle out of it. As is common among partisans of both parties, he portrayed he and his party as motivated solely by a concern for truth and…

Brit Hume and Robert Bork

I’ve had the Alito confirmation hearing on in the other room but I haven’t been paying attention to them because, frankly, the opening statements by the senators on the committee are pretty much meaningless hot air. But as I was walking through the room I heard Brit Hume mention Robert Bork and I stopped for…

CNN on John Roberts So Far

CNN has a long review of the job Chief Justice John Roberts is doing so far at the Supreme Court. By all accounts, the other justices have embraced him and he has shown great understanding of and affinity for court tradition. The article contains some interesting items for those of us who really watch the…

Alito’s Libertarianism?

Ilya Somin of the Cato Institute has a report on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito noting that he has a decidedly libertarian streak in many of his rulings. Somin writes: Most debate about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has focused on his propensity to vote to overrule Roe v. Wade and the similarity between him…

Epstein on Opposition to Alito

Richard Epstein, who would certainly be on my short list of supreme court nominees if I was President, has written an interesting essay evaluating the arguments against confirming Samuel Alito so far. This was written before the conflict of interest stuff came out, so it’s based only on his judicial record. I generally agree with…