Monday, October 03, 2005

Bush chooses Miers for Supreme Court

President Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court today, turning to a lawyer who has never been a judge to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and help reshape the nation's judiciary."She has devoted her life to the rule of law and the cause of justice,"Bush said as his first Supreme Court pick, Chief Justice John Roberts, took the bench for the first time just a few blocks from the White House.If confirmed by the Republican controlled Senate, Miers, 60, would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the nation's highest court and the third to serve there. Miers was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist outlined a timetable calling for confirmation by Thanksgiving a tight timetable by recent standards that allowed less than eight weeks for lawmakers to review her record, hold hearings and vote. Sen. Arlen Specter, (R) Pa.,chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made no commitment, saying he wanted a thorough confirmation proceeding.O'Connor has been the court's majority maker in dozens of controversial cases in recent years, casting deciding votes that upheld the 1973 ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion, sustaining affirmative action programs and limiting the application of the death penalty.Within hours of Bush's announcement in the Oval Office, Miers travelled to the Capitol to begin courtesy calls on the senators who will vote on her nomination..................


Blogger Sara said...

Gosh another woman? What is Bush thinking? Oh that is right, he hasn't been since he entered office. I am joking about the woman part, but not the thinking part.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous eric said...

I dont think Miers is a good choice for the Supreme Court. Roberts ok, but Miers just seems to controversial especially coming from texas, were she and bush were once good friends and still are. i think he definitly could of chose someone else well more deserving then her, takin nothing away from what Miers has done already.

3:40 PM  

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