With her confirmation to the second highest court in the nation late last night, Judge Nina Pillard should immediately rocket to the top of the Democratic shortlist of future nominees to the Supreme Court.
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California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar owns between $100,000 and $1 million worth of Wells Fargo stock. But despite the clear conflict of interest, she did not recuse herself from helping to refuse to hear an appeal of a case in which the bank was accused of predatory lending.
Amid new calls to revisit the Senate rules that allow a minority of 41 Senators to block confirmation of judicial nominees with majority support, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee took to CNN Tuesday to defend his party's obstruction.
The single most important fact to understand about the Federalist Society -- indeed, about the conservative legal movement in general -- is that it once viewed the Supreme Court as its greatest enemy, but the Roberts Court is now the best friend it has in the American government.
Judge Diane Sykes authored an opinion last week that SCOTUSBlog's Lyle Denniston described as "the broadest ruling so far by a federal appeals court barring enforcement of the birth-control mandate in the new federal health care law."