By the time Congress finally gave William Fletcher a confirmation hearing after more than 1,000 days of waiting, things had become absurd. Despite a comparison to Justice Scalia, Fletcher has become one of the court's new breed of left-leaning judges, and his rulings bear that out. But while Fletcher leans to the left, he isn't as predictable as some of his liberal colleagues. He can also show a moderate streak and isn't afraid to disagree with some of left's more prized issues.
Judicial Profile: William Fletcher
February 3, 2004