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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iowa Political Alert: UC Davis Prof: Absence of rural voice on Supreme Court does matter

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Political Alert

In a story published Monday in the Center For Rural Strategies' Daily
Yonder, I wrote about the lack of any significant rural connections in
the biographies of the likely next U.S. Supreme Court, one that would
appear to replace Justice David Souter and his rural New Hampshire
background with Judge Sonia Sotomayor from the Bronx, N.Y. ... In
theory, judges born in Trenton, N.J, -- such as Supreme Court justices
Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia -- should be able to apply the law and
follow the Constitution in cases that pit urban interests against
rural. That said, I'd agree with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who
while supporting Sotomayor, is urging President Obama to make his next
Supreme Court appointment with consideration given to candidates
outside the Ivy League, maybe even someone who went to night law
school in a heavily rural state.

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