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WSJ's Taranto Proposes News Corps Board Member for SCOTUS

Reported by Marie Therese - September 27, 2005

Over the weekend I happened to catch a bit of the Chris Matthews Show on NBC and heard guest Kathleen Parker of the Tribune Newspapers suggest that Georgetown Law professor Viet Dinh might be Bush's nominee to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Dinh is most famous for being the architect of the Patriot Act. Several Google searches reveal that the proposal to nominate Dinh originated in a September 9th column by the WSJ's James Taranto. The interesting thing is that Viet Dinh currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors of News Corps, FOX News Channel's parent company.

As far as I'm concerned, the Supreme Court would be better off without the man who wrote the Patriot Act, helped spend millions to find nothing to prosecute in Whitewater, authored briefs in Gore vs Bush that argued against permitting the Election 2000 count to go on in Florida, is buddy-buddy with Rupert Murdoch and a power-player at News Corps.

Murdoch's cold, bony hand must not be allowed to reach into the halls of the Supreme Court of the United States. We can only hope that those wishy-washy Democrats in Congress feel the same way and will have the guts to oppose Viet Dinh, should he be nominated to the highest court in the land.

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