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Saturday, September 03, 2005

My choice for Chief Justice

--posted by Tony Garcia on 9/03/2005

My choices for Chief Justice are Janice Rogers Brown or Antonin Scalia.

My first preference is Scalia. His credentials are known and he is a positive for the country. Respect for the Constitution would be best guaranteed by Scalia. He is not afraid to blast the insipid concept of moderate interpretation (H/T: KvM).

However Rogers Brown would be a fun appointment just to see the various ways that:
1) the left hides their racism and judges Brown for anything but her merits
2) the left displays the fact that they really are against women or blacks succeeding
3) the black leaders hide their hypocrisy as they find every reason to oppose Brown
4) the black leaders forget their record of wanting people promoted regardless of merit...and Brown has the merits to be promoted.

Understandably Brown has some questions with her. Per Wikipedia:
There were times, however, during her tenure on the California Supreme Court that Brown demonstrated purportedly liberal positions on criminal sentencing, freedom of speech and gun control. She was the lone justice to contend that a provision in the California Constitution requires drug offenders be given treatment instead of jail time.

On the other hand she has a record of 'getting it right':
While on the California Supreme Court, she wrote the majority opinion upholding an amendment to the California Constitution prohibiting affirmative action for women and minorities and dissented from an opinion striking down a parental consent law for abortions.

And as usual a position must be examined before criticized:
In 2000, she authored the opinion in Kasler v. Lockyer, upholding the right of the State of California to ban assault weapons, and of the Attorney General of California to add to the list of prohibited weapons. Her opinion in that case clearly explained that the decision was not an endorsement of the policy, but rather a recognition of the power of the state.

Hmm, a state's rights kind of judge. Very respectable!!


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