Friday, January 16
Righting a serious wrong
The President has given a recess appointment to Charles Pickering to serve on the 5th Circuit. Judge Pickering has been perhaps the most prominent victim of the new McCarthyism -- the racial kind.
Pickering is better suited for the recess appointment (which lasts a year) than some other victims like Owen, Pryor, and of course, Estrada. Pickering is already a federal district court judge with life tenure. If things don't work out and his recess appointment expires, then he just goes back to the district court. The others take far greater risk in surrendering their current positions.