Sunday, November 21, 2004

Richmond paper looks at Judge Wilkinson for Supreme Court

In this article ("On short list for high court?," 11/21/04), the Richmond paper considers the prospects of Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, of the Fourth Circuit as a candidate for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The only time I had Judge Wilkinson on a panel he voted in dissent against my side of the case, but I don't think the White House will hold that against him. Probably if he is not nominated it will because he is too old and has written too much, as a scholar and as a judge (unlike Miguel Estrada or even David Souter). Certainly, they could not pick a more pleasant fellow; from my limited observation he is a very congenial man, unlike, say, Robert Bork, who might be a great guy, but comes across as scowling and belligerent (but sometimes amusing) in his frequent TV appearances.

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