Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Edith Jones: Next Supreme Court Nominee

Now that the Rethugs have gotten Priscilla Owen & Janice Rogers Brown through to a vote on the Senate floor (and presumably confirmation), I predict that Bush's nominee for the next open seat on the Supreme Court will be Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit. Apparently it's easier to get incompetent right-wing judicial activists through if they're female. Here's the People for the American Way letter (PDF file) to the Judiciary Committee opposing them.

Edith Jones is the nuclear nominee. Bob Hebert wrote a good column (Medieval Justice) on her in the NYTimes in 2000 when she voted to allow a man to be put to death, despite the fact that his lawyer SLEPT throughout much of his trial. He also takes note of her famous question during arguments while the circuit court was considering an appeal of a sexual harassment, hostile work environment case. The evidence showed that the male supervisor pinched the breast of the female worker who then sued. Judge Jones response to this evidence: "Well, he apologized." As Hebert notes, there were gasps in the courtroom.

The pro-lifers like her because she makes no bones about her intention to overturn Roe v. Wade should she get her lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.

I hope I'm wrong, but afraid I'm right.

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