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Obama Casts Wide Net With List Of Possible Supreme Court Nominees

Publication Date: 
April 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times
James Oliphant and Christi Parsons

Lecturer Thomas Goldstein is quoted in the LA Times on President Obama's strategy for choosing a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.James Oliphant and Christi Parsons filed this story:

"Why not look for an ex-governor like Earl Warren? Why not look for an ex-attorney general like Robert Jackson? Why not look for an ex-senator or a current senator, like Hugo Black, who was a senator when he was selected for the court, or perhaps even an ex-president?" Specter said.

A Republican senator, Jon Kyl of Arizona, also spoke on the floor Tuesday, warning Obama against subjecting candidates to a "litmus test" on whether they would overturn a recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, that allowed unlimited corporate expenditures in campaigns.


"I think the administration is sending a message to its constituencies that the process is very open and diverse and includes some real progressives," said Thomas Goldstein, a Washington lawyer with a Supreme Court specialty.