There is a very high probability that this week Barack H. Obama will nominate US 7th District Court of Appeals Judge Diane P. Wood to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. As I make clear in the previous column (below) Judge Wood is a left-wing activist whose decisions show contempt for people who are: (1) pro-life; (2) advocates of traditional marriage; (3) orthodox Christians; and (4) believers in the concept that judges should interpret the law rather than use the bench to make new laws.
Yes, she has "empathy," but apparently it extends only to those who agree with her on social issues. She regularly displays contempt for lawyers taking legal positions at variance with her social and political philosophy.
In her judicial opinions, Wood has consistently taken positions at variance with the intent of the framers of the Constitution. In one of her law review essays, she argues that the Constitution is out of date and that judges "evolving" opinions should precedence over the Framers' views. But as an Oklahoma legislator (Charles Keye) recently said, "The Constitution either means what it says . . . or it means nothing at all."
Wood should not be nominated and, if as appears likely, she is, should not be confirmed. Wood is a symbol of everything that's wrong with the American judiciary.
Read the column below and click on the links to Ed Whelan's National Review Online columns (link below) to read quotes demonstrating this woman's outrageous views.