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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:37 AM
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I think I know why Elena Kagan as Solicitor General decided to argue against the Supreme Court
hearing Don Siegelman's case for a new trial, or just hearing it, period.

She already had her eye on a vacancy in the future. And to garner republican votes in the Senate, she had to have a few cases that would demonstrate she was not a progressive/liberal democrat. So she ignored the 91 amici briefs by former Attorney Generals from all over the nation to give Don Siegelman's case another review. She argued in favor of the corrupt federal prosecutors and federal judges that put him in prison and prospectively would return him to prison.

She's always been expecting this opportunity and she used Don Siegelman to get there.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:48 AM
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1. As the Solicitor General, it's your job to represent the US government at the Supreme Court
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 04:59 AM by Richardo
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The federal government litigates thousands of cases each year. When a government agency loses in the federal district court and the federal court of appeals, it usually seeks to file a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. The Court uses this writ procedure as a tool for discretionary review. The solicitor general reviews these agency requests and typically will reject most of them. This screening function reduces the workload of the Supreme Court in processing petitions, and it enhances the credibility of the solicitor general when he or she requests certiorari. The Court grants review in approximately 80 percent of the certiorari petitions filed by the solicitor general, compared with only 3 percent filed by other attorneys.


It's a real stretch, and a totally unfounded and insulting one at that, that she selected the Siegelman case to somehow ingratiate herself to the GOP in the event of a SC nomination. Kind of like Obama planting stories of his birth in the Honolulu papers in 1961 in case he ever wanted to run for president.
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