Monday, July 2, 2018

Three Judges With Michigan Ties Make President Trump's Supreme Court List

From left: Larsen, Kethledge, Young

By Brandon Hall
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Three judges with significant Michigan ties are being considered by President Trump to be nominated to the Supreme Court after maverick Justice Anthony Kennedy's stunning retirement last week.

That means there's a 12% chance President Trump's choice has ties to "Pure Michigan," not bad!

Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young is too old by SCOTUS standards....

Raymond Kethledge would be a great pick...

Joan Larsen is definitely the most likely to be chosen out of the Michigan trio if buzz and rumors are any indication...

Here's what you need to know about the SCOTUS Sweepstakes, via Politico:

Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Larsen offers conservatives the possibility of installing a justice who could serve for three decades.
She also has the shortest judicial record of any of those considered finalists: She spent nearly all of her legal career as a law professor at the University of Michigan before being appointed to that state’s top court in September 2015, less than a year before Trump publicly named her as a potential Supreme Court pick.
A Northwestern law grad, Larsen clerked for Scalia.

Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Kethledge, who joined the 6th Circuit in 2008, has a resume with something rarely seen on Trump’s SCOTUS list: a stint on Capitol Hill. The University of Michigan law school graduate spent a couple of years as a Judiciary Committee counsel to former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) before heading across the street to clerk for Kennedy.
In 2014, Kethledge wrote an opinion rejecting a groundbreaking Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case seeking to limit private employers’ use of credit checks for job applicants. The EEOC argued that the practice amounted to racial discrimination. Kethledge accused the agency of hypocrisy.
Last year, Kethledge issued a politically charged ruling blasting the Obama administration for “continuous resistance” to efforts to discover what actions the IRS took against conservative nonprofit groups.
Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (retired). Young was named as general counsel for Michigan State University in May 2018 after he negotiated the $500 million settlement between the university and victims of convicted sexual predator and former gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
Young served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1999-2017. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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