In a fuller account of news from two weeks ago, today’s Boston Globereports on my former constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe’s “speedy exit” from his brief stint in the Department of Justice and his forthcoming return to Harvard law school. (Disclosure: I have a minor role in the story.)
I’m sorry to learn of the health problem—“recurrence of a benign brain tumor, which causes facial seizures”—that triggered Tribe’s departure, and I wish Tribe a full and speedy recovery. For what it’s worth, I fully accept his explanation that the leaked letter that I made public last month, in which Tribe wrote disparagingly to President Obama about Sonia Sotomayor’s suitability for the Supreme Court (and also about Justice Kennedy and Justice Breyer) played no role in his decision. Indeed, I see no reason why it would.