Tuesday, July 19, 2005

And the winner is....

The White House has asked the networks to broadcast POTUS' speech tonight at 9pm during which he will announce his nominee to fill SDA's seat on the SCOTUS.

Word on the street is that his pick is Judge Edith Clement, 57, who was nominated by George H.W. Bush in 1991 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana before being elevated to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) in 2001 by George W. Bush. A member of the Federalist Society (which is a good sign), she's a graduate of the University of Alabama and Tulane University Law School. Clement worked as a lawyer in private practice in New Orleans for 16 years before beginning her tenure on the federal bench, specializing in civil litigation involving maritime law, representing oil companies, insurance companies and the marine services industry in cases before federal courts. Analysts say Clement has not attracted attention for her judicial opinions, so it is unclear which of her decisions, if any, might become the focus of a confirmation battle.


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