Monday, April 6, 2009

 

The Justice Dept. OLC

IU law prof Dawn Johnsen has been nominated to be head of the Justice Dept.'s Office of Legal Counsel. A vote on her nomination has been delayed a few weeks by Senate Republicans. The news says this is because they don't like her extreme pro-abortion views, or that this is part of some haggling over release of old Bush OLC memos. I just came across something else that seems relevant, though. Wikipedia says that the last Bush nominee for this job, Steven G. Bradbury, was nominated in June 2005, approved by the Senate committee five months later, and then was blocked for over three years by Senate Democrats from having a full Senate vote and remained acting but unconfirmed till the Administration ended in January 2009. Is there any payback going on? If so, Prof> Johnsen may have a few years to wait.

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