It doesn't take much to derail, or at least significantly distract, a U.S. Supreme Court nomination. Remember Samuel Alito Jr.'s long-ago membership in a group that wanted Princeton University to remain all-male? Or John Roberts Jr.'s ruling upholding the arrest of a 12-year-old girl for eating a single french fry in a subway station? Even David Souter had his trial by innuendo, with scattered rumors that the lifelong bachelor was gay. What will be the Achilles' heel for President Barack Obama's nominee?
What Old Sin Will Haunt the Next Supreme Court Nominee?
The National Law Journal
May 18, 2009