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Continuing Supreme Court coverage

This morning, President Bush met with key GOP and Democratic leaders in the Senate about his upcoming nomination to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. According to The Washington Post, Minority Leader Harry Reid said "that he was confident that a 'consensus' candidate satisfactory to both parties would emerge from the process." Money quote: "Several in the meeting between Bush and the Senate leaders said as well that they had urged Bush to appoint a justice who is not sitting on any U.S. court of appeals in the interest of getting someone with practical experience."

Of course, those who read our editor's column in last week's Wall Street Journal may, like me, take that "advice" with a bit of concern. (See also my posting here.) As Walter noted, Senator Reid had suggested four incumbent GOP Senators as potentially appropriate nominees who share one common trait: friendliness toward the plaintiffs' bar.

As the Supreme Court nomination events progress, I'd like to alert our readers to our separate "Supreme Court Vacancies" page. There, we've collected not only our recent postings on the Supreme Court vacancy but also back postings of relevance, including our editor on Jeffrey Rosen's notion of a "Constitution in Exile" movement; recent Supreme Court decisions of interest; and postings that might be relevant for potential nominees.

I expect to fill in more interesting back-posts over time. Moreover, in addition to our regular contributors, I've asked Manhattan Institute scholars--with expertise ranging from terrorism to affirmative action to school choice--to comment if they so desire. While we will of course continue to keep our site focused on tort issues as a general matter, we think that this unique moment, with such far-reaching legal implications, warrants our bringing in additional viewpoints.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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