Wednesday, July 13, 2005


SFC: Specter criticizes impractical federal courts

SpecterUS Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., left, a moderate Republican, urged President Bush to consider a Supreme Court nominee from outside the appellate courts, citing the pragmatic O'Connor, a former Arizona legislator, as an example of a jurist with experience outside of what Leahy called the "monastery" of the judiciary.

The Supreme Court "is deciding all of the cutting-edge questions," Specter said, "with impunity overruling acts of Congress because Congress hasn't thought it through, but somehow the court has thought it through. And who are they to say that they can think it through and we can't? But if they had a little more practical experience and didn't work so much within the footnotes and the semicolons, you might have a little different perspective."

Full San Francisco Chronicle article.

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