Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump Judicial Nominee: Good Grief

Good Grief Department. From the National Law Journal (May 15, 2017):

David Stras once wrote that U.S. Supreme Court justices should not have term limits. Instead, he said they should be incentivized to leave when they get old, through “golden parachute” pensions and a heavier workload, including being forced to hear cases around the country by “riding the circuits.

Stras, 42, is currently an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and before that was a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School whose extensive research focused on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary in general.

 Soon, Stras may be able to continue his scholarly scrutiny from the inside

President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on May 8. If the Senate confirms Stras, his perch on the circuit court could be a stepping stone to the high court. Stras was one of the 20 judges on the lists Trump touted as possible Supreme Court nominees before the November election.



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