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On April 22, 2010, Constitutional Accountability Center sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of President Obama's nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read the text below or click on the link to see the letter in its entirety.
For much of the last century—long before Congress acted—federal courts allowed plaintiffs to seek injunctions to stop all kinds of pollution. Successful suits prevented an ore smelter from releasing deadly atmospheric arsenic over the homes and families of Utah, the City of Chicago from draining its sewage into St. Louis' drinking supply, and New York City from dumping its garbage into the Atlantic, where it washed up on the beaches of the New Jersey Shore. Today, states and environmentalists are turning to these and other historic precedents to make the case that climate change, too, belongs in the courts—when the other branches of government refuse to act.
WASHINGTON — A pair of key Senate Republicans urged President Obama on Sunday to pick someone from the judicial mainstream to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and downplayed — but did not rule out — a filibuster to block a nominee they opposed.
Stevens' willingness to put aside ego and to rule narrowly on hot-button cases - combined with an unmatched cordiality and kindness - earned him quiet power and respect.
In nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens went from idiosyncratic maverick to the leader of the court's liberal wing. He always described it as the court's evolution more than his own -- almost all of his colleagues, he said, had been replaced by a justice with more conservative views.
Just hours after Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement, Pres. Obama said he will select a Supreme Court nominee in the "coming weeks."
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’s retirement will test President Barack Obama’s commitment to his liberal activist base.