Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Embracing the ACLU in the Judiciary

Oh, yah.

President Obama has nominated U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton for the vacancy in the Seventh Circuit. The media immediately lauded the pick as "moderate." They must have been reading that off of JournoList, because he is no moderate.

He was a fundraiser for ACORN and vice president for litigation at the Indiana ACLU, where he also was a board member, before becoming a judge. There's the time (a mere seven years) he held up an abortion waiting period and was firmly rapped by the Circuit he is nominated to join:

...Although Salerno does not foreclose all pre-enforcement challenges to abortion laws, it is an abuse of discretion for a district judge to issue a pre-enforcement injunction while the effects of the law (and reasons for those effects) are open to debate

"Abuse of discretion"--just a bit foreboding, no?

HT: Ace

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