UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich: Supreme Court Can't Withstand a 'Rushed, Hyperpartisan Push' to Fill Justice Ginsburg's Seat
September 21, 2020
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Writing in The Baltimore Sun, University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich cautions against a hurried process to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"The current Senate must not vote on the confirmation of a successor," Dean Weich writes. "The court's fragile standing as the nonpartisan branch of our constitutional system cannot endure a rushed, hyperpartisan push to fill the seat left vacant by her death last Friday."
Weich, who served as chief counsel to Sens. Edward Kennedy and Harry Reid and as an assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice before being named dean of the UB School of Law in 2012, says the 2020 calendar doesn't have sufficient time for a proper vetting and confirmation process of a Supreme Court justice to take place.
"Moreover, the Senate has urgent business that should be the focus as this session comes to a close. Members are struggling to pass a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, and an urgently needed coronavirus relief package remains on the drawing board," Weich writes.
Read Dean Weich's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun.