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Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down.
    #4359057 - 07/01/05 12:18 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Let the games begin....

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161308,00.html

WASHINGTON ? Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search) hand-delivered a letter of retirement to President Bush on Friday, setting the stage for a contentious battle over her replacement.

She will step down from the bench upon the appointment of her successor.

Click here to read O'Connor's retirement letter to President Bush.

Bush formally announced her retirement in the White House Rose Garden Friday morning, saying he'd had a "warm" conversation with O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the nation's highest court.

"America is proud of Justice O?Connor?s distinguished service, and I?m proud to know her," Bush said. "She has been a discerning and conscientious judge, and a public servant of complete integrity."

He did not mention a potential successor for O'Connor during the brief news conference, but said he would take the responsibility to replace her "seriously" and would choose a nominee in a "timely manner."

"But today is a day to honor the contributions of a fine citizen and a great patriot," Bush said. "Americans had high expectations of her. She has surpassed those expectations. Our nation is deeply grateful."

O'Connor, 75, has served on the Supreme Court (search) for 24 years and was appointed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. Her departure creates the first vacancy on the court in the past 11 years and represents the first chance Bush has had to nominate a justice.

She told the president and associates that she wanted to spend more time with her family. Her husband has been in failing health in recent years.

"Dear President Bush, This is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor," O'Connor wrote.

"It has been a great privilege indeed to have served as a member of the Court for 24 terms. I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the Court and its role under our constitutional structure."

The Supreme Court ended its latest session on Monday, and speculation this week has focused on the possible resignation of Chief Justice William Rehnquist (search). But so far, Rehnquist has remained.

O'Connor was often the deciding vote in a string of 5-4 decisions coming from the bench, sometimes siding with the conservative wing and other times with the liberal contingent.

"She is a swing vote and it's really hard to predict where she comes down on any particular case," Robert Bork, a controversial nominee to the Supreme Court who was denied a chance to serve, told FOX News.

Lawmakers praised O'Connor's service.

"Throughout her service on the nation's highest court, Justice O'Connor restored a measure of common sense to our criminal justice system, a measure of respect for our nation's allocation of power between the states and the federal government, and a measure of freedom in the public square to people of faith," Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement.

'Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice'

Two years ago, O'Connor wrote the book "The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice," which was partly a personal account of her experiences as the first woman named to the high court and partly a historical look at the development of U.S. law.

"It's been something that opens so many doors for other women that it really is a joy to know that it did happen and that it had such an effect," O'Connor told FOX News in a 2003 interview.

Having women and minorities on the court helps the public accept Supreme Court rulings, O'Connor said in a 2003 Associated Press interview.

"It's not for me to say," whether racial, ethnic or gender diversity on the court should be a goal, she said. "But I think it's been desirable from the standpoint of public perceptions of fairness to see a court that includes women and minorities."

O'Connor was a politician and a state trial judge in Arizona before President Reagan chose her for the high court in 1981. She drew on her experience as a judge for a section of the book dealing with juries.

Jurors ought to be free to take notes during a trial, and even pose written questions, O'Connor said. Only some states and courts allow such departures from custom.

O'Connor tried to instruct her juries about the law at the beginning of the case rather than at the end, she said.

"It seems to me when I listen to complicated things it helps me to know ahead of time what I'm supposed to decide," O'Connor said. "I can hear the arguments to better effect, and I think jurors can hear the facts more effectively if they know ahead of time what specifically they have to decide."

Her book contains some strong criticism of the way juries are now chosen, including the reliance on outside jury consultants that some believe "can virtually guarantee a verdict by stacking the jury with people who fit the ideal demographic profile."

Even so, O'Connor said in the interview, she does not blame defense lawyers for using whatever tools are available to them.

"Yet people who can't afford it are not going to have that benefit, and you get a little nervous about how that might play out in terms of fairness," O'Connor said.

One of the court's two swing votes, O'Connor often sides with more conservative justices as she did in the Bush v. Gore ruling in 2000. Although some lawyers and Republicans have said that ruling did not really decide the election, O'Connor does not mince words in a brief reference to the case in her book.

Bush v. Gore, she said, "held unconstitutional Florida's presidential election recount procedures, and thereby determined the outcome of the election."

O'Connor said her tenure on the high court probably has not hastened the day when America will elect a woman president. But that day is inevitable, she said.

The Supreme Court has no "overarching objective" when it comes to the death penalty, despite a large number of recent cases wrestling with the way capital punishment is carried out, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says.

O'Connor was in the majority when the high court outlawed capital punishment for the mentally retarded, but in the minority when justices ruled that juries, not judges, must make the crucial decisions that can lead to a death sentence.

"We aren't here trying to develop something in the sense of where the country should go with this issue. We're a reactive institution," O'Connor said in an Associated Press interview Monday. "We proceed case by case as they come to us, and not with any overarching objective that the court itself" has developed.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: JesusChrist]
    #4359192 - 07/01/05 01:04 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

seriously


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: JesusChrist]
    #4359233 - 07/01/05 01:15 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

This should turn out to be very interesting.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Redstorm]
    #4359306 - 07/01/05 01:39 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

anybody have predictions?????

I think it will be either Garza or Estrada.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4359338 - 07/01/05 01:49 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Ashcroft


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: afoaf]
    #4359357 - 07/01/05 01:55 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

What a great idea!


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4359374 - 07/01/05 01:59 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)







Specter Backs Ashcroft for Next Supreme Court Opening
by Scott Ott

(2004-11-10) -- To prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his stand on abortion won't stand in the way of President George Bush's federal court nominees, future senate judiciary committee chairman Arlen Specter today said he views departing Attorney General John Ashcroft as the kind of jurist he hopes the president will nominate.

"I'd like to see a Chief Justice Ashcroft," said Mr. Specter, R/D-PA, "In fact, I challenge the president to nominate Ashcroft so I can finally prove my loyalty to this administration and to this party, once and for all."

Mr. Ashcroft, who is an evangelical Christian, has been a lightning rod for criticism by civil liberties advocates because his Justice Department ordered millions of secret wiretaps and sent all of the nation's Muslims to a detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A spokesman for the Attorney General said, "Sen. Specter's support of Mr. Ashcroft's appointment to the Supreme Court comes as no surprise to the Justice Department. The senator has been talking about it privately with his wife, Joan, in the kitchen, and by email, instant message and phone with his best friend for months."


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4359430 - 07/01/05 02:09 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Ashcroft would not get confirmed. Estrada is a good bet.

Get your abortions now, people.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4359432 - 07/01/05 02:09 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Would Ashcroft be allowed to be both Chief Justice and Vice President?

This message paid for by Cheney / Ashcroft 08.
Taking back America for fine and decent Americans.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: JesusChrist]
    #4359446 - 07/01/05 02:13 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

This would have been nice, if it was one of the 5 that voted for the Hotel steping down.

...But it's not.

It would be nice to have a republican step up, if they still belived in fiscal conservatism....

...But they don't, AT ALL.

Get ready for the goverment to have ALOT more power, over you're body, you're land and you're life.


Edited by Anisotropic (07/01/05 02:13 PM)


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Anisotropic]
    #4359457 - 07/01/05 02:14 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

Anisotropic said:
Get ready for the goverment to have ALOT more power, over you're body, you're land and you're life.




You mean they haven't for the last few decades already?


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Redstorm]
    #4359466 - 07/01/05 02:16 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

There about to have alot more. It's why I moved, and I haven't looked back.


Edited by Anisotropic (07/01/05 02:16 PM)


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Anisotropic]
    #4359482 - 07/01/05 02:20 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Where did you move to?


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Redstorm]
    #4359501 - 07/01/05 02:25 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Canada. It's kinda like America light. 1/3 the fatty stupidty.

Not perfect, but better.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Anisotropic]
    #4359509 - 07/01/05 02:27 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, I live about 20 minutes from Canada. I like right on Lake Huron, so I can see Canada from here.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Redstorm]
    #4359514 - 07/01/05 02:28 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

In the US, Washinton seems to be about the best place for liberals currently. It honistly feels more like Canada then the US. Pretty much any big city in the Pacific North West...

But this is way off topic now.


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Anisotropic]
    #4359516 - 07/01/05 02:29 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

:smile:


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Re: Sandra Day O'Conner is stepping down. [Re: Gamera]
    #4361191 - 07/01/05 10:38 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

the supreme court is not likely to overturn a previous ruling.

it's only happened a handful of times before.. dredd scott
and what not.

now, if a state were to outlaw it and it was appealed up
to the federal courts...that's when things get interesting.

states rights when it suits them...so to speak.


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