April 14, 2003


Bush administration nominates Latino to 9th circuit (Howard Mintz, Apr. 14, 2003, San Jose Mercury News)
A San Francisco judge has been nominated to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second time this year that the Bush administration selected a Latino for the nation's largest and most controversial federal appeals court.

The White House to day announced the nomination of Superior Court Carlos Bea, who must now be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. President Bush chose Bea, 68, to fill one of three vacancies on the 28-member 9th Circuit, which interprets law for California and eight other Western states.

Bea would only say today that he is "honored'' by the nomination.

The 9th Circuit's Latino representation could soon triple as a result of Bea's nomination and the president's selection in February of Sacramento state appeals court justice Consuelo Maria Callahan. If Bea and Callahan are confirmed, they would join the 9th Circuit's only current Latino judge, Richard Paez, a Clinton appointee.

At this point, Bea, a Stanford University law school graduate who played for the Cuban national basketball team in the 1952 Olympics, is not expected to encounter the type of major opposition being mounted against many of Bush's judicial picks, including 9th Circuit nominee Carolyn Kuhl of Los Angeles.

Bay Area lawyers say Bea has enlisted enough support among influential Democrats to steer clear of controversy. Perhaps the most unusual aspect to Bea's nomination is his age -- he is older than most judges who first join the federal bench, and would immediately become one of the 9th Circuit's eldest members.

It would be worth nominating Bob Hope if you could get him confirmed to the 9th, the worst circuit in America. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2003 10:49 PM

Curiously, Hawaii lib Dems want to split the

circuit. Hard to square that with Orrin's view.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 16, 2003 12:00 AM