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Charles H. Percy

Politics have no place in the judiciary

Politics have no place in the judiciary

If the only consequence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 293-day delay in scheduling a consent hearing for Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama was that a conservative rather than a moderate Supreme Court justice would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, it would have accomplished his purpose. Unfortunately, his action — or, rather, inaction — has greater implications. By disregarding a long-recognized procedural convention and imposing a delay well in excess of customary, Senator McConnell opened the door to procedural gyrations in federal judicial appointments.

It is ironic that Senator McConnell’s toying with established...

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