Yale Dean on High Court Short List

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh is being talked about as a possible U.S. Supreme Court nominee, should a Democrat win the 2008 Presidential election.

Koh would be the first Asian American on the court, the Yale Daily News reports. (Part one of this two-part article is here.) He served as an Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor during the Clinton Administration, and is vocal about his liberal views.

He testified before Congress last year that the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program was “blatantly” unconstitutional.

Conservatives are aghast at the prospect of Koh on the court. “There can be no doubt but that Koh would be a liberal activist of a stripe we haven’t seen since Brennan and Marshall. The personal policy preferences of elite left-liberal salons would rule, rather than the rule of law,” UCLA law professor Stephen Bainbridge wrote on his blog this week.

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