April 4, 2010

PICK A WISER LATINO:

Will Christie begin to remake top court? (Adrienne Lu, 4/04/10, Inquirer)

[C]onservatives are calling for Gov. Christie, a Republican, to start overhauling the court by replacing Justice John E. Wallace Jr. instead of renominating him when his first term ends May 20.

By all accounts, Christie appears to be seriously considering the move, which would upend decades of tradition: Under the state constitution, which dates to 1947, no Supreme Court justice has ever failed to be reappointed for tenure.

Christie will have the opportunity to replace at least four of the seven justices in his first term. Those decisions could have more of an impact on the state than anything else he does as governor. [...]

Even if reappointed, Wallace will face mandatory retirement in two years when he turns 70, which means Christie will get to choose his replacement anyway.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2010 7:11 AM
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