Bench Memos

Justice Owen?

Robert Novak reports that President Bush met with Priscilla Owen last week. While she’s only been on the federal appellate bench for a few months, she already has more federal appellate experience than Justice Souter did when he was nominated to the High Court. Priscilla Owen should not have been a controversial nominee to the Fifth Circuit, but she was filibustered by Senate Democrats. Many believe it was because (like Estrada and Brown) she was seen as potential Supreme Court material. If Bush taps her, it will confirm those fears–and prompt a real confirmation fight.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

We’ll Regret This

Mitch McConnell says the president will sign the budget deal and he will also declare a national emergency to build the wall, as I expected. We’ll see the legal justifications he uses, but as a political and constitutional matter this is a long-term disaster. Oh, it might be good for Trump according to the ... Read More

Jussie Smollett Changes His Story Again

The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
White House

The Failure of the Deal

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (But especially Sammie), I had my say on the emergency declaration yesterday, and I’m sure I’ll have to say it all again not very far ... Read More