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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Giuliani's Judges
Mike Rappaport

Rudy Giuliani just moved a bit closer to getting my support with his announcement of an advisory committee on legal matters.  The group is filled with excellent people. (I have worked for or with several of these people.)  Here is the list, courtesy of Powerline:

Chairman of Justice Advisory Committee:

Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States


Miguel Estrada, former Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States

Steven Calabresi, Co-Founder of the Federalist Society

Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Charles Fried, former Solicitor General of the United States

Carol Dinkins, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Maureen Mahoney, former Deputy Solicitor General of the United States

Doug Cox, former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States

Marc Mukasey, former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Dan Webb, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Bart Schwartz, former Chief of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

Michael Mukasey, former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Ron Cass, former Dean, Boston University School of Law

Jason Barclay, former Counsel and Policy Director to Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN)

Randy Mastro, former Deputy Mayor of New York City

Howard Wilson, former Commissioner of Investigation for New York City

Daniel Rodriguez, former Dean, University of San Diego School of Law

George Priest, Professor of Law and Economics, Yale University

Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

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That's too big for a real committee. A committee to do business should number no more than 11, including the chairman. Otherwise the businesss migrates elsewhere.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 18, 2007 6:51:44 AM

for what it's worth, a stray comment from an Althouse thread:

Simon said...
Personally, I could live with a situation in a few years when we're seeing opinions headed with something like this: "Calabresi, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C.J., and Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Sykes, and PRAKASH, JJ., joined. Kagan, J., filed a dissenting opinon, in which Souter, J., joined." (emphasis mine)

Sam no more

Posted by: enemyofthepeople | Jul 18, 2007 2:10:16 PM

I had the distinct impression you were already solidly in Giuliani's camp. Hmmm... It is nice that some conservatives are throwing wieght behind Giuliani, but for voters who want strict constructionist judges, how can we trust a candidate who says he wants strict constructionist judges but also says it would be okay if Roe v. Wade is just viewed as precedent and upheld?

Maybe one of those distinguished gentlemen above should point out to Giuliani that public funding for abortion is not a right either.

Posted by: Katherine | Jul 18, 2007 2:53:23 PM

No, I am not solidly behind Giuliani. Just leaning towards him, as opposed to Romney. And if one includes Thomspon, I would say I have no strong preference between the two of them. Of course, none of this is to say that I am enthusiastic about any of them. No Reagans are running this time.

I recognize that Giuliani's record does not entirely comport with the views of his advisory group. I take the composition of the group to be an indication that he is signalling that he will let "the conservatives" have a lot of input on judicial appointments.

Posted by: Mike Rappaport | Jul 18, 2007 5:21:30 PM

Cheers for D. Rod.

Posted by: JD | Jul 18, 2007 5:43:13 PM