Bombshell: Luttig resigns from Fourth Circuit

posted at 12:43 pm on May 10, 2006 by Allahpundit

A conservative judicial icon and perennial short-lister for SCOTUS, lured to Chicago by the promise of a mighty pay raise.

Sounds like he had nothing left to lose:

People close to the selection process said that it was unlikely President Bush would consider Judge Luttig for any future vacancies, as political imperatives all but precluded nomination of another white male for the high court.

Standby for reaction from right-wing lawbloggers, most of whom are unrolling the black bunting as we speak.

Update: He says he had no plans to leave the bench until Boeing came knocking. Uh huh.

“This opportunity just came out of the blue,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his Northern Virginia court chambers. “I was not looking to leave the court, and did not expect to leave the court. After considering it, it seemed an opportunity we could not forego.”


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Sounds like a good deal on his part. More money and no confirmation hearings. Win/Win.

high_desert_wanderer on May 10, 2006 at 1:21 PM

and no angry liberals calling him a fascist

Defector01 on May 10, 2006 at 2:38 PM

This is a shame, IMO. Here’s a guy with the intellect and integrity to become a stellar SCOTUS justice. In the end, though, the chance will never be his, because he’s a white man and we can’t nominate three straight white men.

BillLalor on May 10, 2006 at 4:13 PM

That’s too bad for us. I suppose the grievance lobbies are happy though…”three straight white men” on the court? Sexist! Racist! Homophobic!

ScottG on May 10, 2006 at 4:22 PM

Who can blame him? I don’t know why any good people would want to be put through what the leftwing puts them through these days.

Rightwingsparkle on May 10, 2006 at 4:48 PM

He made the right move for himself and his family, but also helped illuminate the current not-fully fair system for SCOTUS appointments.

TomGrey on May 10, 2006 at 7:35 PM

“Not-fully fair system for SCOTUS appointments” is right. If another candidate for appointment was fully as qualified and sharp as Roberts is, but he had a speeding ticket in 1973, that speeding ticket is going to be flaunted by Democrats as evidence that he is an unsafe driver, a danger to others in his community, not to be trusted to adjudicate without predjudice if a speeding ticket case comes up before the court because he himself played fast and loose with the law blah blah blah.
I have an idea which may bring parity to the proceedings:Only Senators who have themselves been found guilty of a crime, any crime, may ask questions of a nominee.
That would shut them up-not one of them would want their lily-white reputations to be smeared by such a revelation.
But of course court nominees are held to a slightly higher standard.

Doug on May 11, 2006 at 8:47 AM