Letters: Justice poorly served

Re "Trigger the 'nuclear option,'" Editorial, Nov. 1

The Times is correct: Senate Republicans have promiscuously deployed the filibuster in the judicial confirmation process, exacerbating the confirmation wars.

The casualties are exceptional attorneys, including Patricia Millett, the nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit lacks the resources it needs to deliver justice.

Elections do indeed have consequences, and the GOP seems to be practicing a type of nullification when it blocks nominees like Millett for no persuasive reason. The politicization of the second-most-important court must stop for the good of that court and the country.

Carl Tobias

Richmond, Va.

The writer is a professor of law at the University of Richmond.


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