Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times

Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times

by Benjamin Wittes

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Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times by Benjamin Wittes

Just in time for the first Supreme Court confirmation of the Obama administration, one of America's most insightful legal commentators updates the critically acclaimed Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times to place the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the context of the changing nature of judicial nominations by recent presidents. Our system has gone from one in which people like Sotomayor or recent highly qualified nominees like John Roberts and Samuel Alito are shoe-ins for confirmation to a system in which they are shoe-ins for confirmation confrontations. While rejecting parodies offered by both the Right and Left of the decline of the process by which the United States Senate confirms—or rejects—the president's nominees to the federal judiciary, Wittes explains why and how this change took place. He argues that the trade has been a bad one—offering only the crudest check on executive appointments to the judiciary and putting nominees in the most untenable and unfair situations. Published in cooperation with the Hoover Institution

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442201545
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2009
Series: Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society Series
Edition description: Updated 2009
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, is author of Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror and Starr: A Reassessment. His writings have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including Slate, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, and The Weekly Standard.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
An Unsatisfying Debate     15
The Transformation of Judicial Confirmations     37
The Threat to Independent Courts     87
Conclusion: A Confirmation Process for Angry Times     111
Acknowledgments     133
Notes     137
Index     161

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