Friday, February 19, 2010

The "Stealth War on Judges" And Paul Begala.

So I see the Senate finally confirmed Joseph Greenaway Jr. to the 3d Circuit, unanimously, after being nominated back in June 2009:

Joseph Greenaway Jr. is the latest example of a delayed nominee with no opposition. Nominated in June for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, he won the unanimous backing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in October. The Senate could have confirmed him immediately, without even a formal vote, but it took until Feb. 9, when Greenaway was confirmed, 84-0.

"He should have been confirmed last year, and he would have but for Republican objection," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in remarks prepared for the Senate floor.

Seven other nominees for district or appellate judgeships had similar experiences before getting confirmed unanimously. Ten nominees are awaiting votes, and many of them face no opposition.

Republicans say the delays are warranted, given the rigorous vetting involved for lifetime appointments to the federal bench. "We need to do our homework. Do our background. See what the bar association says. See what the FBI says," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, at a Feb. 11 hearing.

That is just disgraceful.

Regardless of your politics, there is no reason to hold up judicial nominations where the nominee is not controversial, there is no public opposition, and no red flags have been raised.

Speaking of politics, it felt like 1998 all over again last night as Ira Leesfield received the AJC's Judge Learned Hand Award.

Bill Clinton, Bob Graham, Bill Nelson, ok.

But Paul Begala?

Finally, the first federal drywall trial, where Ervin and Victor are co-lead counsel, is set to commence Monday in New Orleans, but without key Chinese defendants:
The proceedings will be conducted without Taishan's participation, so there was no one to contact for comment. On Thursday, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd., another drywall manufacturer from China which had intervened in the Taishan proceedings because of its interest in any precedents that could come out of the case, abruptly dropped out, leaving no defense witnesses and no one to cross-examine the plaintiffs' witnesses.
Should make the Daubert hearing a bit easier, don't you think?


Texas Trivia said...

Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Anonymous said...

F'em all - Texans and politicians.

Texans are just plain ignorant and cocky. Wasn't there a famous politician who once asked that his tombstone reflect that he never set foot in texas?

The dems are pussies, the republicans are lying cheating assholes. The majority of Americans support(ed) the democratic agenda in 2009 -- together the dems and republicans make the perfect storm of arrogance and ineptitude.

I swear that even as a committed democrat, I am ready to join the tea party.

Anonymous said...


Breaking News!

Sir Elton John has claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man" in an interview with a US magazine.

GODWHACKER!!! Where you at bro?

Anonymous said...

SFL, Tiger is following your strategy.

fake Superficial said...

- Elin Woods was not there proving her moral code stops somewhere between gold-digging and prop wife.
- But Tiger's mommy was there making me feel encouraged that my own mother will be at my press conference whenever somebody finds all the hookers I've been with. (Hint: Don't look in the landfill.)
- A bunch of cold, dead words read by an unfeeling robot programmed for golfing and fucking.
- Some deflection about the paparazzi following his daughter to school. Because Tiger Woods just became famous in November.
- Money and fame made Tiger feel entitled to an unlimited pussy buffet. As it should, commie.
- Elin never attacked Tiger. EVER. Now everyone nod their head in agreement. She's perched in the ceiling of the foyer like a ninja.
- A bunch of crap about being a role model to kids then saving them with his magic golf powers.
- Me realizing Tiger Woods somehow pulled off making Chris Brown's YouTube apology to Rihanna look sincere.

Anonymous said...

Ervin's gonna send his least favorite associate to China to execute on his default judgment. Whoever is making travel arrangements probably could save on the return fare.