Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Supreme Court Announcement Tonight

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, Pres. Bush will announce his choice to replace retiring Justice O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

Speculation has centered on Edith (Joy) Clement, who has been on the Fifth Circuit since 2001. She was nominated by Pres. Bush. Before that, she was a federal district court judge in Louisiana. Before that, she worked in private practice in the field of maritime law. Her record of published opinions is short and does not include an opinion on abortion, the hot-button issue in the confirmation process.

Senate Democrats can be expected to attack Judge Clement, or any other nominee chosen by Pres. Bush. Conservatives can be expected to be nervous about the selection of another nominee without an established track record, reminiscent of Souter.

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