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Harriet Miers was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. Her nomination journey ended Oct. 27, after weeks of mounting criticism, when Miers withdrew from consideration. Legal Times presents its complete coverage of her long, strange trip…
OCTOBER 27

Miers Drops Bid For High Court Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court yesterday in a letter to President George W. Bush, citing a need to preserve executive privilege. The speculation over the next nominee has already begun in earnest.

OCTOBER 24

The Souter Myth A persistent theme for conservatives during the debate over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has been the need to avoid “another Souter.” But a review of David Souter’s nomination suggests that had conservatives looked more closely then, they would have known exactly what they were getting. • Miers’ Legal Background Comes Into Broader FocusSome Want Miers On Bench for Ayotte

OCTOBER 17

A Life Strictly Construed Harriet Miers has one of the thinnest paper trails of any Supreme Court nominee. But two weeks into the tumult surrounding her nomination, some things about Miers are clear: She is scrupulous, deferential to authority, and follows the rules � not just in law but in life. And that, more than anything else, say those who know her, will determine how Miers interprets the Constitution and how she will judge. Miers’ Texas Lottery Tenure Questioned Buck Wood, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, bristles when he hears the White House describe Harriet Miers as the person that then-Gov. George W. Bush appointed to chair the Texas Lottery Commission in 1995 “when it needed cleaning up.” • Engler’s NAM Evaluating MiersOriginalist Sin in Her Defense � COMMENTARY

OCTOBER 10

A Lifelong Texan Called to Serve If President Bush has his way and the Senate confirms Harriet Miers as a Supreme Court justice, she’ll move permanently to Washington, leaving behind � probably for good � not only her church, to which she is deeply devoted, but her extended family and scores of friends and colleagues. A Local Lawyer, a Low-Key Litigator It was an unusual assignment for a commercial lawyer. But when then-gubernatorial candidate George W. Bush tapped Harriet Miers as general counsel for his 1993 campaign, her performance won his favor and set the Dallas litigator on a trajectory to the White House and her recent nomination to the Supreme Court. A Worrisome Recipe for Conservatives President George W. Bush virtually guaranteed last week that his nominee, Harriet Miers, will be a rock-solid conservative vote on the Supreme Court. But even assuming that is true � and a surprisingly large number of conservatives doubt that it is � what else will Miers be? • Search is on for New White House CounselLiberal Groups Protest Miers LessA Great Mind? � COMMENTARY

OCTOBER 3

Bush Names Miers to Replace O’Connor Ending weeks of speculation, President George W. Bush has picked a relatively-unknown, but intensely loyal Texan, White House counsel Harriet Miers, to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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