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September 25, 2002

Lack of Paper Trail May Doom Estrada

Some worried after Bork that a strong legal background with its associated paper trail would doom judicial nominees, encouraging submarine candidates like Clarence Thomas with ideological views but no written evidence. Well the Senate Dems are declaring that lack of evidence of a candidates views may also kill nominations. Which makes sense. Anyone who reaches prominence without leaving enough of a mark to show their views is too nondescript to be in high judicial office. Or too strategically ideological. Either way, the Senate Dems are promoting the honest debate on nominee ideology that should be part and parcel of all judicial nominations.

Posted by Nathan at September 25, 2002 11:02 PM

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More on the paper trail:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/27/politics/27JUDG.html

Posted by: Paleo at September 27, 2002 09:36 AM

My favorite part of the NYT article is where Estrada, presently a partner at the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, says he doesn't know what it's like to be rich. Dag. Like a partner in a high-profile Beltway firm is living the middle-class life. What an obnoxiously patronizing bit of faux self-effacement that was.

Posted by: nolo at September 27, 2002 02:47 PM

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