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All Headline News - As A Supreme Court Nominee, Miers Draws Many Questions - October 4, 2005

All Headline News - As A Supreme Court Nominee, Miers Draws Many Questions - October 4, 2005As A Supreme Court Nominee, Miers Draws Many Questions

October 4, 2005 6:31 a.m. EST

Danielle George - All Headline News Staff Reporter

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Harriet Miers, the White House counsel, is not a recognized expert on constitutional law, much unlike the new chief justice, John Roberts.

Still, according to ABC news, she has diverse experience, including many years in private law practice, and political experience that none of the sitting justices has, both as a member of the Dallas City Council and, for the past five years, as a member of Mr. Bush's White House inner circle.

Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina and a judicial confirmation expert says Democrats will see "someone who has distinguished herself purely through political appointments." Gerhardt adds that, "It is hard to look at her career and think that the next logical step for her from White House counsel is to be on the Supreme Court of the United States."

Professor Gerhardt says that for the Republican side of the spectrum, Bush is essentially saying to his party, "Trust me."

"Many conservatives today will view this as the most unqualified nominee since Abe Fortas," says Manuel Miranda, chairman of the Third Branch Conference. "It's exactly the opposite of what we were looking for … to undo the need for stealth nominees."

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