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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    igorvolsky ‏@igorvolsky 2m2 minutes ago

    CORRECTED: 17 Supreme Court Justices confirmed by Senate during presidential election year (- Jay in original list)

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Why would that shame them anyway? From a neutral point of view that doesn't make any sense. They have to fight for someone who shares their political ideology whatever the skin colour... It would be a political suicide not to.

    Democrats could choose to try to gain the max political capital now by nominating strategic candidates or they could also decide to take it lightly and bank everything on Clinton/Sanders winning in November. If that happens change is Senate is also very likely and liberal confirmation will be only a minor struggle.
    Exactly.

    Someone up thread said something about how the president should put forth an African American to try and shame the Senate into acting, or something like that. I was just responding.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    igorvolsky ‏@igorvolsky 2m2 minutes ago

    CORRECTED: 17 Supreme Court Justices confirmed by Senate during presidential election year (- Jay in original list)

    Someone needs to send that to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley.

    The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year,” the statement reads. “Given the huge divide in this country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”

    --Chuck Grassley
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    And the body's not even cold yet.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    sfpelosi ‏@sfpelosi 23s24 seconds ago
    ELECTION YEAR 1988: wherein 97 Senators including Grassley voted for then-SCOTUS nominee Anthony Kennedy

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    The american public must have a say in this matter? But NOT THIS YEAR?
    What kind of crap is this? Are Americans ALL going to be replaced by somebody else between now and then?
    Starry starry night

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    What's amazing about McConnell's and Grassley's statements is that the Constitution doesn't say crap about the American people having a voice in nominees to the Supreme Court. Just like their interpretation of the Second Amendment, they make shit up as they go.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    The President is going to speak in a few minutes.
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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    The President is going to speak in a few minutes.
    Talk about having to look sad and be respectful while dancing naked on the inside...

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    The President of the United States has a responsibility to fill critical government vacancies in a timely manner. I still say, if I'm Obama, I announce a nomination while the Scalia funeral meats are still warm and put the onus on the Senate to do their usual obstructionist thing. In plain view. In an election year.

    As for Grassley and McConnell... As if they'll be less obstructionist and more collaborative under a different Democrat President... Both of their statements should be eligible for listing on the NY Times Fiction List...

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    Sri Srinivasan: Supreme Court justice in the making?

    This story was first published on May 23, 2013. Srikanth Srinivasan is seen as a possible nominee by President Obama to the Supreme Court.

    WASHINGTON — The issue before the Supreme Court was the Defense of Marriage Act, and the smooth-talking native of India representing the United States of America at the podium had a tough argument to make.

    Why, Chief Justice John Roberts wanted to know, was the government not only refusing to defend the law, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, but arguing the other side — all while continuing to enforce it?

    From his post feet away from the nine justices March 27, Srikanth Srinivasan (SREE-kont SREE-nee-vah-sun) calmly explained what Roberts called a "totally unprecedented" situation. Along the way, the mathematics professor's son sprinkled in references to numerators, denominators and algorithms, the statutes 28 U.S.C. 530(d) and 28 U.S.C. 1254, and the precedents established by INS v.Chadha, United States v. Lovett and Turner Broadcasting v. FCC.

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    It was just the latest chapter in a stellar legal career that has taken the 46-year-old litigator known as "Sri" to a seat on the nation's second most powerful court — and given him instant buzz as a potential Supreme Court justice himself.

    The Senate unanimously confirmed Srinivasan on Thursday as the first new judge since 2006 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The vote was 97-0.

    For President Obama, it was no small feat. His judicial nominees have languished longer in the Senate than those of his predecessors, and his first choice for the D.C. Circuit court was blocked by Republicans.

    "Sri is a trailblazer who personifies the best of America," Obama said, noting Srinivasan will be the nation's first circuit court judge of South Asian descent.

    For Srinivasan, it was a walk in the park. Following close on the withdrawal of New York prosecutor Caitlin Halligan, he sailed unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate with what Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, one of the Senate's most conservative members, acknowledged was "broad bipartisan support."

    "Sri is undoubtedly considered one of the best three or four Supreme Court advocates in the country," says Walter Dellinger, a former acting solicitor general under President Bill Clinton. The first time Srinivasan argued a case before the high court, Dellinger says, he took a single sheet of paper to the podium so he would not appear overconfident. The paper was blank.

    That an Obama nominee could be so quickly and completely embraced by Republicans is a testament to Srinivasan's bipartisan credentials and collegiality. Current and former colleagues, as well as family members and friends, describe him as a doting father, loyal friend, fanatical University of Kansas basketball fan and open-minded attorney who doesn't come to each case with a predisposition.

    "He is attracted to persuasive arguments, regardless of their source," says Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown University, who worked with Srinivasan in the Solicitor General's office and at the Washington law firm O'Melveny & Myers. When they first became colleagues in the Solicitor General's office, he says, "I thought, 'Supreme Court justice.'"

    That's saying a lot for a man whose father was born in the southern Indian hamlet of Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, became a college mathematics professor and moved the family to Berkeley, Calif., in the late 1960s. Eventually settling in Lawrence, Kan., the Srinivasans quickly became so Americanized that they would travel long distances to see their beloved Jayhawks move through the NCAA brackets.

    Santa Clara University law professor Bradley Joondeph, who married one of Srinivasan's younger sisters, recalls living with the family for a year in Lawrence. Though he was under no pressure to convert to Hinduism, Joondeph quips, "they were rather inflexible when it came to college basketball."

    The son eventually made his way to Stanford, where he earned three degrees, then clerked for 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor before launching his own career.

    Stanford Law School Dean Elizabeth Magill recalls a speech Srinivasan gave to the school's graduates in which he spoke in self-deprecating fashion about the lessons they would learn later in life. To illustrate, he recalled the commencement speech he gave as class valedictorian to the Lawrence High School graduating class of 1985 — delivered as a rap.

    "There's no one who has worked with him in any capacity ever who doesn't think he's the best lawyer they've ever worked with, and the most decent person," says Magill, who clerked with Srinivasan at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., a generation ago.

    Today, Srinivasan is principal deputy solicitor general in the office that represents the nation in court. He has argued more than two dozen cases at the Supreme Court, first for President George W. Bush's Justice Department, then for Obama's. He's won accolades from a dozen former solicitors general and principal deputies dating back to the Reagan administration and from 28 of his fellow law clerks from the 1997 Supreme Court term.

    "He takes a case where the facts and the law lead him," the former solicitors general and deputies wrote in a letter to the Judiciary Committee. "He is also a terrific listener who values hearing all sides of an argument before formulating a final position."

    Dellinger, who worked with Srinivasan at the solicitor general's office and in private law practice, recalls his "extraordinary personal touch."

    "Sri is a favorite of everyone who works in any building in which he has held a job, from the cleaning staff to the head of the company," Dellinger says. "It takes forever to walk with Sri through a building in which he works — everyone who works there in any position wants to talk with him."

    "He is absolutely a brilliant thinker, gifted lawyer, fair-minded person, generous and warm," says Lisa Kern Griffin, a Duke University professor who clerked with Srinivasan at the Supreme Court. "He is one of those rare people who has the ability to get along with anyone."

    That personality trait matters on the basketball court, where he coaches his 11-year-old twin daughter and son, as well as at the Supreme Court. And it will matter on the D.C. Circuit, described by Marge Baker of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way as "the most important court most Americans have never heard of."

    The court has responsibility for reviewing administrative decisions of federal departments and agencies, from environmental and labor regulations to the war on terrorism and treatment of enemy combatants. Its recent decision blocking Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate recess is certain to be reviewed by the Supreme Court in its next term.

    "It's such a great thing to see his ascent to the court," says Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. citizenship and immigration services for the Department of Homeland Security and a former law firm colleague. "He has a deep and abiding respect for the law, and he's got a wonderful temperament and disposition for being a judge."

    The appellate court has been a stepping-stone for past Supreme Court justices, including Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 11-seat court has three other vacancies, but Republicans have vowed to hold the line after Srinivasan's confirmation, rather than let Obama flip what has been a reliably conservative court. Democrats will test that vow.

    "You have a majority in that court that is wreaking havoc with the country," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday. "For the first time in 230 years, they rule the president can't make a recess appointment. ... There is a crisis, and we need to do something about it."

    For now, Srinivasan is the bipartisan solution.

    "He is not really ideologically driven," Joondeph says. Rather, "he is sincerely devoted to the craft."

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    The Onion speaks...

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    "Justice Scalia Dead Following 30-Year Battle With Social Progress"

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    How is that satirical?

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    Re: Scalia Confirmed Dead at 79

    Obama's Supreme Court Shortlist

    Long before anybody is ready to think about it, names are already being floated for President Obama’s shortlist for the Supreme Court seat that is vacant following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend.

    As more than one court-watcher has already noted, this assumes that Obama could get anyone confirmed before a new president is elected and sworn into office, which is in grievous doubt. Republicans made it known, even before the rumors of Scalia’s death were confirmed, that they would block any candidate put forward by the president, regardless of who that may be.

    The White House has already pledge to nominate a replacement. “I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” Obama said in a statement on Saturday following news of Scalia’s death. “There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote.” Not surprisingly, names of potential nominees are already being bandied about. As Jeffrey Toobin noted in a 2014 New Yorker survey of the growing farm team of Obama-appointed judicial talent, the list of his previous appointees on lower courts who have already made a name for themselves on those courts is impressive.

    Here’s a rundown of some of the top contenders for a potential nomination (if not an actual confirmation by the Republican-held Senate):

    Sri Srinivasan (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 48. A strong candidate. The son of immigrants from India, he clerked for conservative appeals court judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III—himself a former shortlister for a Supreme Court seat—and Sandra Day O’Connor. He served as chief deputy to the U.S. solicitor general. He also won confirmation to the D.C. Circuit in 2013 by a staggering vote of 97–0. Srinivasan is a respected judge and a D.C. insider. Blocking him after that confirmation vote might look awful.

    Patricia Ann Millett (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 63. Millett was a legend in Supreme Court advocacy, having argued 32 cases at the high court. She is a consummate SCOTUS insider, in the vein of John Roberts. She is also married to a military reservist and has been a strong supporter of military families. Millett is nobody’s bomb-thrower.

    Paul Watford (9th Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 48. Watford is an African American who clerked for conservative icon Alex Kozinski as well as for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has served as a federal prosecutor and was confirmed in 2012 by a vote of 61-34.

    Merrick Garland (DC Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 63. Garland, the Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was a Bill Clinton nominee and has long been seen as a judicial moderate who might be confirmable in a contentious political climate. His age may prove disqualifying but he is a centrist and well-liked.

    Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court): Age: 45. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Liu was an Obama pick for a seat on the 9th Circuit in 2010, but was blocked by Republicans. He has distinguished himself as a left-leaning moderate on California’s high court. Given his prior confirmation battles, this would be an especially heavy lift.

    David Barron (First Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 48. Barron served as acting assistant attorney general in the Obama Administration. He controversially authored secret memos on the legality of killing American citizens with drone strikes. His confirmation to the First Circuit was controversial and he would face a steeper climb to the high court if nominated by Obama.

    Loretta Lynch (Attorney General of the United States): Age: 56. Lynch is the first African American woman to hold the AG’s office. She has also served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During the five long months of her confirmation battle, even Rudy Giuliani called her “over-qualified” for the job. Lynch has undergraduate and a law degree from Harvard. Given how polarizing she has been as AG, this may be a tough fight for the President.

    Jane Kelly (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 51. Kelly was a career public defender who had the support of Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee (Grassley has already called for delaying any nomination). Kelly was confirmed 96–0 for her seat on the Eighth Circuit. Again, it's hard to imagine why anyone would object to her now.

    Kamala Harris (Attorney General of California): Age: 51. She is the first female, and the first African-American, AG of her state. She also has run for elected office. We have not seen a justice with such political experience since Sandra Day O’Connor. Harris has the advantage of being a politician. She also has the disadvantage of being a politician.

    Jacqueline Nguyen (9th Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 51. She was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States when she was 10. She has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, and in the U.S. Attorney's office. She was confirmed to the district court in 2009 with a 97-0 vote.

    Robert L. Wilkins (DC Circuit Court of Appeals): Age: 53. Wilkins, an African American who was raised by a single mom, has a law degree from Harvard Law School, and served as special litigation chief for the D.C. Public Defender Service. Wilkins gained attention for civil rights battles he has waged, including a precedent-setting fight against police racial profiling in Maryland, and for his work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    There are heaps more perfectly qualified options of course (I will think of them as soon as this piece is published). Pam Karlan, Nina Pillard, Deval Patrick, Steve Bright … At this point, everyone on this list may be a longshot, but would also all be worth fighting for. Antonin Scalia was a conservative legend. Many of the folks listed here would be the same kind of legend on the left. And, yes, there are a lot of extraordinary women and minorities on this list. And, yes, there should be.

    Of course, Twitter is aflutter with all kinds of great ideas for out-of-the-box candidates that Obama might put forth, ranging from Ted Cruz to Joe Biden to, well, Obama himself. One suspects that in light of the current impulse to block anyone Obama may appoint, that latter idea is not going to have a lot of traction.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...andidates.html

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    Antonin #Scalia requested cremation in his will, but millions of women will meet tomorrow to discuss if that's really best for his body.
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