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Jesse Choper

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Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

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JUDGING THE JUDGES: The Judicial Appointments Process

with Clint Bolick, Jesse Chopervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

In his first term, President George W. Bush has had difficulty getting his nominees to the federal courts of appeal confirmed by the Senate. The Democrats have taken the almost unprecedented step of threatening filibusters to prevent floor votes on certain nominees. Has the judicial appointments process become the latest victim of bitter partisan politics? Or has the judiciary brought this state of affairs on itself by advancing a doctrine of judicial supremacy, leaving the executive and legislative branches no choice but to resort to political litmus tests for nominees? What does this situation bode for the next Supreme Court nomination? And what, if anything, should be done to reform the process?