Thursday round-up: Part II
on Apr 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm
At theÂ Chicago Tribune blog, Steve Chapman argues that the President should nominate a very liberal justice, noting that the Court currently seats several â€œunabashed, intellectually distinguished conservativesâ€ and that â€œ[i]t would be a great thing for the court and the country if they had to match wits every day with an equally formidable, forthright liberalâ€ â€“ such as Pam Karlan, Kathleen Sullivan, Geoffrey Stone, David Strauss, or Diane Wood.Â In an opinion piece for theÂ New Jersey Star-Ledger, Frank Askin echoes that sentiment, urging President Obama to â€œreject the voices of moderation.â€ Â Â On the other side of he aisle, in a guest piece at Politico, Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) reviews Justice Stevensâ€™ recent opinions and encourages the Obama administration to â€œput aside politicsâ€ and pick a more conservative justice.
At theÂ Huffington Post, Lindsay Beyerstein discusses the recently enacted Nebraska laws aimed at restricting abortion rights.Â Beyerstein predicts that the laws are â€œon a crash course withÂ Roeâ€ andÂ notes the importance to the pro-choice movement of appointing a strong liberal to succeed Justice Stevens.
- Carrie Levine at theÂ BLT reports on the efforts of both conservative and liberal advocacy groups as they prepare to lobby in favor of or in opposition to the eventual nominee.
- At theÂ ACS Blog, Margaret Love reports on Justice Kennedyâ€™s recent comments during oral argument inÂ Dillon v. United States, in which he criticized the Department of Justice for failing to recommend that prisoners such as Dillon be pardoned.
- Ashby Jones at theÂ WSJ Law Blog summarizes recent editorials and opinion pieces discussing the role of a justice in applying the law.
- Ann Warren at theÂ Post Chronicle previews Snyder v. Phelps, which she calls a â€œdisturbing and importantâ€ case.
- At theÂ Economist, Robert Guest explores the phenomenon of Republican-appointed judges â€“ such as Justices Stevens, Blackmun, Oâ€™Connor, and Souter â€“ drifting ideologically to the left.Â He agrees with the theory that once on the Court, conservative justices are influenced by liberal news reporters, interest groups, and clerks from left-leaning law schools.
- AtÂ NPR, Nina Totenberg previews Mondayâ€™s oral argument inÂ City of Ontario v. Quon. She outlines its potential repercussions for government agency employees in what she calls â€œthe first case testing privacy rights in the Internet age.â€