Federal Judges Reportedly Being Considered for a Supreme Court Nomination
BY: WLLIAM G. HODGE
As the election season continues to heat up, one of the most important pending issues in our nation has played second fiddle to talk of small fingers and a wall that seems to grow by ten feet every day. The term “nomination” is coupled with words like authoritarianism and socialism rather than what it should be coupled with – justice.
With whom will President Obama replace the late Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court? In a recent article posted on the ABA Journal, Debra Weiss reported that President Obama is considering several federal judges that have served little time on the bench and have less of a track record that could subject them to criticism.
Among those candidates, it has been reported that the White House prefers nominees “with few ideological fingerprints” such as Judge Sri Srinivasan and Judge Merrick Garland that both serve as federal appeals judges in Washington, D.C. Federal appeals Judge Jane Kelly and U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson have also been mentioned as potential nominees.
Here is a brief synopsis of these potential nominees, according to the Washington Post:
Judge Sri Srinivasan, 49, was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2013. Judge Srinivasan has served both Democrats and Republicans in his career and was a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. If appointed, he would be the Supreme Court’s first Asian American and first Hindu, further diversifying the Supreme Court bench.
Judge Merrick Garland, 63, currently serves as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. According to the New York Times, Judge Garland was confirmed with “substantial Republican support” back in 1997.
Judge Jane Kelly has served as a clerk for two judges in the past, one appointed by a Republican and the other appointed by a Democrat. Judge Kelly received backing from U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican, during her confirmation hearing for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington D.C. was appointed in 2013 and is married to the twin brother of the brother-in-law of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Judge Brown’s most notable opinion has been that the District of Columbia has shown a “willful blindness” to a deaf inmate’s need for accommodation and had violated the inmates’ disability rights.
For a complete list of nominees, please visit the Washington Post.