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It's been a while since our last Presidential Politics Roundup, but the primaries still continue as Hillary Clinton presses on in her bid to win the Democrat nomination.  Here's the latest law-related news from the election front:

Democrats Can Restore Some Delegates from Michigan and Florida: In a 38-page memo, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee advised that the Democrats can seat some of the delegates from Michigan and Florida at the nominating convention in August, reports the Associated Press. The DNC lawyers concluded that the Rules and Bylaws Committee was fully within its rights to strip all 368 delegates from the two states when they scheduled primaries in January, several weeks earlier than the February 5 date allowed by party rules.  Nevertheless, the Committee can restore at least half the delegates at this point.  And an option remains to restore 100 percent of the delegates by a recommendation of the Credentials Committee.  However, that would mean that a final decision would not be made until the first day of the convention, opening up the potential for a floor fight, which the Democrats would rather avoid. 

McCain and Obama Have Different Views on Judicial Nominees: Today's New York Times reports on the "stark contrast" between McCain and Obama when it comes to potential nominees (apparently, the Times considers Obama the presumptive Democratic nominee, since the story scarcely mentions Clinton's views).  Not surprisingly, McCain has indicated that he will stock the federal courts with conservative judges who reject judicial activism.  As for Obama, neither his wife nor Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree expect him to be especially ideological when it comes to judicial selection.

As for specific Supreme Court nominees, McCain is expected to look to Judge Michael McConnell who sits in Salt Lake City, or Washington lawyer and former deputy solicitor general Maureen Mahoney who argues frequently before the Court.  And Obama, who has stated that he would look for the qualities of an Earl Warren in a Supreme Court nominee, might turn to Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts or Harold Hongju Koh, dean of Yale Law School and esteemed legal scholar, for his Supreme Court picks.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 28, 2008 at 02:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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