Sunday, November 19, 2017

Trump Adds 5 Names To List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

On Friday, just before White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn delivered the Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, the White House issued a release announcing the addition of five names to the President's list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Among the five is Amy Coney Barrett who on Oct. 31 was confirmed for a position on the 7th Circuit after controversy over her views on reproductive rights, abortion, LGBTQ rights, as well as controversy over her statement in a 1988 law review article urging Catholic judges to recuse themselves in capital cases because of Catholic teaching opposing capital punishment. (See prior posting.) Other new names on the President's list are: Britt C. Grant (Georgia Supreme Court Justice); Brett M. Kavanaugh (Judge on the D.C. Circuit);  Kevin C. Newsom (11th Circuit Judge); and Patrick Wyrick (Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice).  The Hill reports on these developments.