Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Replacing Antonia Scalia

President Obama plans to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, despite Senate Republican leaders indicating that person will not get a vote this year.
There's always a short-list of potential justices that Obama would consider such as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States Srikanth Srinivasan, who was sworn in and testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2013.
Sri Srinivasan is 48, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is a traditional launching pad for Supreme Court nominees.  Obama nominated him to that post in 2012, and the Senate confirmed him in May 2013, 97-0.  Republican presidential contenders Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio voted to confirm Srinivasan.
Srinivasan is an Indian-American, who graduated from Stanford University in 1989.  He was Obama's principal deputy solicitor general, most notably working on the successful fight against the Defense of Marriage Act.
Sri Srinivasan also has experience serving as an assistant to the solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration and as a clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Another possibility is Jane Kelly, who graduated from Harvard Law School.  She was an assistant public defender for the federal courts in Iowa.  She’s an Obama appointee who was unanimously confirmed in April 2013, when the Senate voted 96-0 for her confirmation.  The appeals court position is in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of Iowa.
Her nomination to the appellate court was accelerated by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is now the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Should a replacement for Justice Scalia not be determined by 1/21/17, former President Obama would be available to be appointed to fill the opening on the Supreme Court. :-) 


Blogger MsRoleary said...

:) That would be good!

11:04 AM  

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