February 15, 2016 11:19 AM
As Barack Obama considers who should replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (and he should be able to, this is pure crybaby-ism from Republicans and Democrats would do the same thing were they in the GOP’s shoes, too), there’s a Georgian who should be strongly considered: former Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears.
She has impeccable legal credentials, would bring more diversity to the SCOTUS, was appointed by a then-Democrat and, most notably, she would bring some sorely-needed intellectual diversity to the SCOTUS not coming from the Federal Appeals Courts and one of the same two Ivy League law schools.
What’s problematic is that she’s been retired for seven years, SCOGA and SCOTUS aren’t really comparable in their work and she does have a long list of decisions that could sink her nomination. Oh, and if The New York Times is to be believed, she’s not on the shortlist.
I’ve emailed Sears’ law office for comment and will update if I hear back.