Clinton Defines Judge for the Supreme Court
According to Bill Clinton, it is necessary to consider someone for the Supreme Court who has never been a judge.
It turned out that President Barack Obama uses just the same model that was followed by Clinton. At that time the former president was trying to persuade Mario Cuomo, New York Gov. along with George Mitchell, Senate Majority Leader, to become a nominee for the high court. But in fact, the trial was unsuccessful.
Justice John Paul Stevens recently announced his decision to retire which gives Obama another chance to elaborate the court’s composition.
During the first years in office, Bill Clinton had two court vacancies. As a result, two federal appeals court judges were nominated, i.e. 60 year-old Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader who was in his early 50s.
Obama was urged by the former president to choose someone who is around 50 years old.
According to the democratic predecessor of Obama in the White House, Mitchell, who was a judge before serving in the Senate, and Cuomo could made good justices, but both refused. Clinton expressed his hopes that Obama would choose a person who had never been a judge.
Elena Kagan, Solicitor General, who is 49 years old, has never been a judge. She is also under consideration. Among others who can match the description, one can name 52-years-old Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, Deval Patrick, 53, Massachusetts Gov. and Gov. Jennifer Granholm, 51.
Last year Sonia Sotomayor was considered as a federal appellate judge.