A Black Women on the Supreme Court?

Published by Pamela Gentry on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 12:31 am.

April 13, 2010 – There might be at least one African-American on President Obama’s short list to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.Judge_Sears

The Associated Press is reporting Leah Ward Sears, the former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and close friend of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is being considered. Sears, 54 joins a list or more than a half-dozen names being tossed about to fill the seat of retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

Stevens announced last week his plan to retire this summer.  The list of possible replacements seems to increase with each passing  day.  Sears will joins others being considered by the White House including; federal appeals court judges Diane Wood of Chicago, Sidney Thomas of Montana and Merrick Garland of Washington, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Several of the candidates, including Sears, made the list last year when the president was seeking a replacement for retiring Justice David Souter.  The president ultimately selected Justice Sonia Sotomeyer, a federal appeals court judge from New York making her the first Latino to serve on the high court.

The Atlanta Constitution reports Sears broke a number of barriers as a judge. She was appointed by former Gov. Zell Miller (D)  in 1992 to the state Supreme Court, and was the first woman and youngest person ever to sit on the court. In 1995, Sears became the nation’s first black woman to preside over a state Supreme Court as chief justice.

Sears shares her South Georgia hometown roots with Justice Thomas, the only African-American on the court.  Some court watchers have predicted their friendship may not be a plus; it seems it was discussed when her name surfaced in 2009. 
 

Would you  like to see the president select an African-American for the Supreme Court?

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Tina said on April 13th, 2010

Sounds like a good idea.

Raymond said on April 13th, 2010

Not if she is a friend of Clarence Thomas. He is a clone of Scalia and if that is her perspective she can stay off the court. He needs to appoint Thurgood Marshall or someone just like him. We need a strong African American male on this court.

mark said on April 13th, 2010

If she shares the same legal views as thomas it would not be a good thing !

ANDREW THOMPSON said on April 13th, 2010

Race and Politics,must be secondary to the person’s
adherence to the constitution.Clarence is afro-american.

corine said on April 13th, 2010

Judge sears is a great choice. Being from georgia myself I know she is fair. She may be friends with him but rules differently than he does. She will look out for everyone.

Kuda aka Bugz said on April 13th, 2010

ayt…

jfffnn said on April 13th, 2010

The fact that she is a “close friend”Thomas means she should be nixed.As far as adherence to the constitution,when did the constitution do African Americans any good in short order ?There are many more qualified PROGRESSIVE African American judges that can replace Stevens.

asil said on April 13th, 2010

If she has the same views as Clarence Thomas they need to keep it moving.

QueenDiva said on April 13th, 2010

LOL, Thurgood Marshall is deceased….Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993)

QueenDiva said on April 13th, 2010

Thurgood Marshall is deceased…(July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993)

Shelia said on April 13th, 2010

I will do my research before I speak my peice!! However, just knowing she is a friend of Clearance Thomas makes me go OH H___ to the NO!! but, I will check out when in doubt!!!

WhoThinks said on April 13th, 2010

First of all, I think a qualified and FAIR person (regardless of race) should be elected. Since the majority of justices are white and male, however, I think an African-American woman could bring balance and expertise regarding matters of importance to our community and many issues that are important to women. I am sure and trust that President Obama will be fair and choose someone that will represent what’s good and right for our nation.

Mssylady said on April 13th, 2010

I am thankful that a Black woman is being considered. If her views are similar to Clarence Thomas or not, I am in favor if after hearing her views on many issues. I am just happy a Black Woman is being considered. The face of the Supreme Court changed years ago with Clarence Thomas, maybe now it is time to change the face of the highest court again and the balance and foresite of the highest court. God bless America as the country grows and becomes equal in representing the entire country of America.

Edith said on April 13th, 2010

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

Cynthia said on April 13th, 2010

I am honored that a black woman is being considered. Just because she is friends with Clarence Thomas doesn’t mean that they think the same. I think that if the job is meant for her that she wil get it and I think that she will do it well. I think that if selected she will do what is right. Give her a chance and you may be surprised. If she should be the replacement, she has my support.

Shiela Brown said on April 13th, 2010

I don’t think President Obama will make thaqt mistake. I don’t want to give her a chance if she’s a friend of Clarence Thomas.. I’d rather have Hillary Clinton than her.

empress said on April 13th, 2010

Yes

Glenn said on April 13th, 2010

Being someone’s friend doesnt mean you think and act like them. Have an open mind people. I have many friends that see things differently than me. Thats what makes friendships stronger and makes you a better perosn by refining who you are and your ideas. I have followed her career and she would be a great choice because she applies the law not the politics peopelw ant to enforce on the law.

Phyllis said on April 13th, 2010

From the looks of Ms. Leah Ward Sears’ wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leah_Ward_Sears), she may very well be a very serious contender. Her term as chief justice on the Georgia Supreme Court has ended. She passed on a golden opportunity as dean of the University of Maryland Law School. It appears she’s clearing her schedule in preparation! I trust President Obama. He knows his stuff and he does his homework. If he thinks she’s the one, she’s the one.

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tintrip3 said on April 14th, 2010

I honestly am delighted that an African American woman is being considered. It has nothing to do with race, because I know that an african american woman can contend just like any other person can. As for being friends with Thomas, we don’t know how close the friendship is and there are many democrat politicians that are friends with republican politicians. We saw an example of that at Ted Kennedy’s funeral.many (R.)’s gave personal stories of private friendships. She’s an qualified person, who has a questionable friendship, who just so happens to be an African american Woman!

gmoney said on April 14th, 2010

Yes I would like to see an African American with an African American mindset. Not like the negro who’s on the court now.

alonzo gwynn said on April 15th, 2010

If she is an independent thinker and can interpret the constitution consistent to the times in which we live, I would be elatewd at her appointment. IF, however, she shares Clarence Thomas’ views, she should not be allowed to judge a beauty pageant.

MHoliday said on April 15th, 2010

I Think President Obama Should Pick The Best Person For The Job …Having A Black Woman On The High Count Not Gonna Make A Difference One Way Or The Other …. I Hope The Asian judge Get It …. Judge Sears Look Like She A Turn Her Noise Up On A Black Person In A Minute ….. I Think She A Be A Bad Choice ….

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