Monday, October 03, 2005
Bush Nominates Meirs for SCOTUS
President Bush named White House Counsel Harriet Miers, 60, to be associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court today.
Miers, who was Bush's personal attorney in Texas, was the first woman elected president of the Texas Bar Association and was a partner at the Texas law firm of Locke Liddell & Sapp before coming to Washington to work in the Bush administration.
If confirmed, she would be a rare appointee with no experience as a judge at any level. Among the non-judges appointed in modern history are the late William H. Rehnquist, who was a top Justice Department official in the Nixon administration, and Abe Fortas, an influential Washington attorney and close adviser to Lyndon B. Johnson, who nominated him to the high court in 1965.
GOI: I am please that he has announced the nomination of another woman but I am nervous that she does not have any experience on the judicial bench. Another thing that worries me is that she is a Bush loyalist and I worry that this could cloud her judgement but right now I willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. I am also pleased that she is getting a good review from (D) Sen. Harry Reid whom i greatly respect. I am breathing a sigh of relief though that we did not see a judge Brown or Owens.
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