Lat also suggests several dark horse candidates for the open Texas seats, including:
Justice George C. Hanks, Jr., an African-American judge on the First Court of Appeals.
Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater a Reagan appointee to the federal trial bench, TX Northern District.
Judge Jennifer W. Elrod, a Harris County civil district judge.
Gregory S. Coleman, a partner in the Austin office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Judge David Godbey federal trial judge, TX Northern District;I don't know anything about any of these people save for snippets about Jefferson and Cruz, but I suspect some Grits readers might. So tell me: What do readers know about these potential 5th Circuit picks from Texas that Senate Democrats ought to consider in their deliberations? (Attorneys feel free to use the anonymous comments function on this one if you're afraid of revealing dope on judges before whom you practice, but citations are always nice!)
Judge Jane Boyle Federal trial judge, TX Northern District;
Judge Lee H. Rosenthal Federal trial judge, TX Southern District, and a woman);
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, of the Texas Supreme Court;
Justice Jane Bland, of the Texas First Court of Appeals;
Texas Solicitor General R. Ted Cruz; and
Professor Ernest A. Young, of the University of Texas School of Law (Austin).
Just to get the ball rolling, Lat says Fitzwater may have trouble with Dems because of a political incident from his youth that made national headlines, where he distributed flyers aimed at suppressing voter turnout in predominantly black South Dallas neighborhoods.
Sid Fitzwater was questioned about the alleged voter intimidation during his confirmation hearing, where he apologized, saying he "did not study the signs and drew no conclusions from the fact that he was asked to place them only in Black areas of South Dallas."Yes, I suspect that might give some Democrats pause! Hard to believe that fellow made it through the confirmation hearings the first time, huh?
(Source: Howard Kurtz, Two Judicial Choices Assailed; Liberals Say Both Have Tried to Impede Minority Voting, The Washington Post, 5 Feb. 1986, A4; Judy Wiessler, Judicial Nominee Defends Activities of 1982 Election, Houston Chronicle, 6 Feb. 1986, 1-3.)
So tell me readers, what else do you got? I don't just mean scandals - how would they be on the 4th Amendment, on reproductive rights cases, on the death penalty cases where the 5th Circuit and the Texas CCA keep getting bench slapped by the Supremes? What kind of lifetime federal appellate judges would these people make?
Come on ... I've been around lawyers my whole life and I know attorneys LOVE to gossip. Use the comments, anonymously if you like, and let me know what you know about these judges, or email me if you prefer.