Friday, April 09, 2010

Appeals court nominee Liu causes battle in Senate

Appeals court nominee Liu causes battle in Senate; The Washington Post

A battle is intensifying in the Senate over the appeals court nomination of Goodwin Liu, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley whom some Democrats consider a potential nominee one day to the Supreme Court.

Democrats vowed Wednesday to press ahead with plans for an April 16 Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A day earlier, the GOP demanded a delay and suggested that Liu's nomination might be in jeopardy because he had not provided enough information to the panel.

Activists on both the left and right view Liu's nomination as a practice run for the next Supreme Court vacancy, which could come as soon as this year if Justice John Paul Stevens retires.
The last paragraph:
Liu has been an opponent of the "originalist" view of the Constitution advocated by conservative scholars, arguing instead for a "progressive view" of the law that accounts for many factors beyond the original intent of the framers. He also earned the ire of the right by opposing the Supreme Court nominations of Samuel A. Alito Jr. and John G. Roberts Jr.

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Comment: Can any American be assured that an appointed or elected official upon taking office and pledging to uphold the US Constitution will in fact UPHOLD the US Constitution?

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