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The judges…

Topic: The Republicans | By CJP | June 16, 2008

judges.jpg  Last week, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have the right of Habeas Corpus, meaning they have the right to tell a U.S. federal court that they think they’ve been unlawfully imprisoned.   That decision got a blistering reaction from John McCain and a welcome note from Barack Obama.  It also gave a glimpse of each man’s position on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.

But, you’re thinking, wouldn’t it be great to know about their entire judicial philosophy?   Well look no further than CJP’s latest “Candidate Compare” chart on judicial nominations.  Also, if you’re wondering if the next president will appoint a new justice, your guess is as good as ours, but we can tell you that Justice John Paul Stevens (a Ford appointee) is 88, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a Clinton appointee) is 75, Anotnin Scalia (a Reagan appointee) is 72, and Anthony Kennedy (a Reagan appointee) is 71.

Will they all retire?  No.  Will at least one of them leave the Court over the next eight years.  Yes.  So check out the chart to get an idea of the type of Justice McCain and Obama might appoint in their administrations…