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The Guesswork Begins: Who Would Romney Appoint to the Supreme Court?

Posted Apr 23, 2012 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Mitt Romney’s campaign isn’t commenting on possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees if he wins the presidency, but that hasn’t stopped others from speculating.

Reuters has compiled a list of likely front-runners that includes these lawyers and judges:

• Former Solicitor General Paul Clement, said to be the favorite of many conservatives. Clement represented challengers to the health-care law in arguments before the Supreme Court last month.

• Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was in the news for a dissent that argued it was too soon to decide whether President Obama’s health care law is constitutional.

• Judge Diane Sykes of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She wrote a recent opinion striking down a ban on firing ranges in Chicago.

Other appeals judges mentioned are Steven Colloton, Neil Gorsuch and Jeffrey Sutton. Also on the Reuters list are lawyer Miguel Estrada, former Justice Department official Viet Dinh, Boeing general counsel Michael Luttig and Stanford Law School professor Michael McConnell.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “New Supreme Court Shortlist Names Likely Nominees if GOP Takes White House”

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