October 10, 2005
Re "Cronyism as a core value," Opinion, Oct. 7 Thank you, Jonathon Chait, for pointing out the dangers of cronyism in presidential appointments. The framers of the Constitution gave the Senate the power to confirm or reject nominees to guard against the court being packed with under-qualified presidential favorites. Harriet E. Miers' main qualification for the Supreme Court seems to be her admiration for President Bush. Surely the American people deserve better. LAUREL GORD Venice
October 23, 2005
Re "Miers Backed Abortion Ban in 1989 Survey," Oct. 19 At what point did abortion become the kingpin of American liberties, that freedom by which we measure the effectiveness of all things judicial in this country? The media's obsessive appetite for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers' position on abortion rights is just plain weird and unnatural. In case you haven't noticed, the American public has a few other things on its mind. PEGGY NORMANDIN Costa Mesa
October 17, 2005
Re "Miers' Faith in Spotlight," Oct. 13 If it is not proper to express concern about the impact of Harriet E. Miers' fundamentalist views on her ability to function on the Supreme Court, why is it acceptable to cite those same views as an argument in support of her confirmation? Presidential advisor Karl Rove's insider assurance to Christian conservative Dr. James C. Dobson of Miers' fundamentalist credentials (presumably to indicate that her religious convictions would influence her judicial practice)
October 16, 2005
Re "Miers' Faith in Spotlight," Oct. 13 If the president has been assuring the religious right that Harriet E. Miers is qualified for the Supreme Court because she attends a conservative evangelical church, then he has violated Article VI of the Constitution, which reads, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." This is one of our founding fathers' greatest legacies. When our chief executive blatantly flouts it, how can America have any moral standing as its tries to persuade Iraq to write its own constitution to ensure equal participation in government by religious minorities?
October 25, 2005
Re "Miers' Answer Raises Questions," Oct. 22 Harriet E. Miers possesses President Bush's greatest qualification, proving her uniquely qualified for any nomination, whether for a Cabinet post or as a justice of the Supreme Court. Miers is totally loyal to the president. Who could ask for anything more? JEROLD DRUCKER Tarzana First, Supreme Court nominee Miers is not qualified. Second, she is both an evangelical Christian and a conservative Republican but, because of the lack of a judicial record, we don't know to what degree she would allow her religious beliefs to affect her view of constitutional issues.
October 7, 2008 |
A federal appeals court rejected House Democrats' demands to force two of President Bush's top aides to cooperate with an investigation about the firings of nine federal prosecutors in 2006. Time will run out on this year's congressional session before the battle between two branches of government can be resolved, according to the ruling by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The ruling blocks a July order by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates to force former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and current White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten to turn over documents.