Bar Watch: Beware the ABA's Own Version of 'Judicial Activism'
Federalist Society expert Adam White published an article in the Weekly Standard yesterday criticizing the American Bar Association's bias when evaluating judicial nominees.
On Monday, the ABA deemed Leonard Steven Grasz “Not Qualified” for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. White alleges that this decision is rooted in a blatant misrepresentation of Grasz's views and an attack on his character.
Further, the ABA's approval appears political by nature. White doubts that the organization would be so quick to cast Grasz as "lacking open-mindedness" if he disagreed with the Supreme Court's pro-gun precedent in Heller or its pro-speech precedent in Citizens United. Instead, the ABA report disputes Grasz's judicial competency because he cautioned lower-court judges in 1999 to not create broader abortion rights than what was designated by the Supreme Court.
Visit this link to read Adam White's full article in the Weekly Standard.