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I thought our federal judges and Supreme court judges were supposed to be the best of the best. Why would we want someone who’s barely qualified nominated to our highest courts? Someone who practiced law without a license in two separate instances?

From’s Washington in Brief:

Nomination Hearing Set for Griffith

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) has scheduled a nomination hearing Tuesday for Thomas B. Griffith, President Bush’s choice for an open seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, committee sources said.

Griffith’s nomination has been stalled by revelations that he practiced law without a valid license in the District and Utah. Hatch’s office scheduled the Tuesday hearing before the Judiciary Committee without naming the nominee to be considered, but committee sources said Hatch has indicated it is for Griffith, a former counsel to the U.S. Senate and now the general counsel for Brigham Young University in Utah.

Hatch told reporters last week that he hoped to hold Griffith’s hearing before Congress adjourns its lame-duck session in the next two weeks and Hatch’s committee chairmanship ends, even if there is no time to have the Senate vote on Griffith’s nomination this year.

After an unusually long investigation into Griffith’s past this summer and fall, the American Bar Association on Sept. 29 gave Griffith a vote of “qualified,” with a large minority voting “not qualified.” That is the lowest possible passing grade the bar association gives judicial nominees.

Of the 10 Bush administration appeals court nominees who received the same rating, six were confirmed to the bench.


Written by laura k

November 12, 2004 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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