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    Trump identifies 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees

    Wed May 18, 2016 5:41pm EDTRelated: ELECTION 2016, POLITICS

    Trump identifies 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees

    WASHINGTON | BY GINGER GIBSON AND LAWRENCE HURLEY


    People line up to visit the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016.

    Presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled the names of 11 judges - eight men and three women, all white and all conservative - he would consider, if elected, to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

    Six of them are judges who were appointed to federal appeals courts around the country by Republican former President George W. Bush. The other five serve on various state supreme courts.

    Scalia's replacement could tip the ideological balance of the court, which now is evenly divided with four conservative justices and four liberals. Scalia, who died in February, was one of the court's most conservative justices.

    All of Trump's 11 judges are listed as affiliated with the Federalist Society on the influential conservative legal group's website. The organization is known as a breeding ground for conservative legal thinkers.

    It is unusual for a presidential candidate to release names of potential Supreme Court or Cabinet nominees before winning an election.

    But Trump is working to assure conservatives in his own party that, if elected president on Nov. 8, he would not appoint a liberal or moderate to the court. Trump allies had encouraged him to announce the names of potential court nominees in order to allay fears among conservatives wary of a Trump presidency.

    Trump's list includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Gruender of Missouri, also a judge on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

    It also includes: Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, a judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; William Pryor of Alabama, a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The state supreme court jurists include: Allison Eid of Colorado; Joan Larsen of Michigan; Thomas Lee of Utah; David Stras of Minnesota; and Don Willett of Texas.

    Democratic President Barack Obama in March named centrist appellate court judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy. But the Republican-led Senate has refused to hold confirmation hearings or a vote, insisting that Obama's successor, to be elected in November, should get to select Scalia's replacement.

    Trump said in a statement called the 11 judges "representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value" and said he would use the list as a guide for nominating a justice.

    Willett in the past year has posted several comments on Twitter mocking Trump, even referring to him as "Darth Trump," a twist on the "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader. Willett last June posted about imagining Trump selecting a Supreme Court nominee.

    "The mind reels. *weeps—can't finish tweet*," Willett wrote, suggesting he was crying at the idea.

    Asked to comment on Willett's Twitter remarks, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, "Mr. Trump’s sole focus is considering the best potential individuals based on their constitutional principles."

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    Lee is the brother of Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate.
    "I don't know everyone on the list, but those I do know would all be great Supreme Court Justices. Of course I do believe one name on that list stands head and shoulders above the rest," said Mike Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that would consider any nomination.
    Sykes is the former wife of conservative Wisconsin radio host Charles Sykes, who posted on Twitter that she would make a great justice but added: "I simply don't believe Trump."

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest, at his daily briefing, said he would be surprised if any Democrat would describe any of Trump's picks "as a consensus nominee.
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    "But the individual President Obama has put forward is somebody that Republicans have described as a consensus nominee," Earnest said of Garland, adding that it would be wise for the Senate to act on Obama's nominee.

    Liberal advocacy group People for the American Way said Trump's list includes "conservative dream justices."

    Trump's list does not include some prominent conservatives who are viewed as Washington insiders and have been mentioned as potential nominees in the past, including appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh and Paul Clement, a former solicitor general under Bush.

    Most of the 11 judges did not respond to requests for comment.

    "Joan Larsen is working along with the rest of Michigan's Supreme Court to provide common-sense, rule-of-law justice. That is her focus and will remain her focus," her campaign spokesman Stu Sandler said. Larsen was appointed to the post and is now running for election to a full term.
    In March, Trump said he would consult with the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank to compile a list of potential nominees.
    (Reporting by Ginger Gibson, Lawrence Hurley, Susan Heavey, Timothy Gardner, Susan Cornwell and Alana Wise.;

    Editing by Doina Chiacu and Will Dunham)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKCN0Y92K5

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    Alabama judge on Trump’s list of potential SCOTUS nominees






    Judge William H. Pryor (Photo: Screenshot)

    On Wednesday, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump released a list of eleven potential picks for the Supreme Court that included Alabamian William Pryor.

    Judge William “Bill” Pryor, Jr. is currently a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a Mobile, Alabama, native and served as Alabama Attorney General from 1997 to 2004, succeeding now-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.

    Pryor is an icon in conservative legal circles and has already enjoyed a distinguished legal career, including stints as Alabama’s deputy attorney general and attorney general before being nominated to the Eleventh Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2003.

    Senate Democrats initially filibustered Pryor’s nomination and criticized him for being an “extremist” after he referred to the Supreme Court as “nine octogenarian lawyers” and called Roe v. Wade the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law.”

    President Bush ultimately installed Pryor as a federal judge through a recess appointment. He was eventually confirmed by a vote of 53-45.

    The next president will ultimately decide who fills the ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, which has remained vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February. Senate Republicans have effectively stymied President Obama’s pick, Judge Merrick Garland, making the 2016 election a referendum on the Supreme Court as well.

    Along with his list, Trump released a statement regarding his likely selections to the court.

    Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. The following list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.

    The other candidates on Trump’s list ate Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.

    Pryor was also one of the five on the list to be recommended by the conservative Heritage Foundation. The judge’s selection by Trump as a potential candidate is consistent with statements made by Trump following Scalia’s death.

    http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/alabamas-shrinking-sovereignty/

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