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NYT on Obama’s SCOTUS Short List

The New York Times identifies four sitting judges who are apparently being vetted by the Administration in anticipation of a potential nomination to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  The four are the following:

  • Sri Srinivasan – U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; former partner at O’Melveny & Myers and former Deputy Solicotr General.
  • Jane Kelly – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; former federal public defender.
  • Merrick Garland – Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; former Deputy Associate Attorney General and partner at Arnold & Porter.
  • Ketanji Brown Jackson – U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; former Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The NYT also reports that the White House has reached out to Asian-American advocacy groups (as have other news outlets), suggesting that the President may be leaning towards nominating Judge Srinivasan, perhaps with the hope that the prospect of appointing the first Asian-American to the Supreme Court would increase pressure on Senate Republicans to confirm a nominee. According to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a nomination should be expected shortly.  

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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