JUDGING JOHN….Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Bernstein is not very happy with John Ashcroft:

I guess this will ruin my chances of a federal judgeship (hah hah) but the Ashcroft Justice Department is turning into a disaster. Let’s see: little respect for state sovereignty (medical marijuana, same sex marriage, etc.), attempts to deny American citizens charged with terrorism-related offenses and arrested on U.S. soil access to federal courts, use and abuse of antiterrorism statutes for unrelated law enforcement purposes, and, as Instapundit reports, a nascent crackdown on that ever-present threat to American society, the pornography industry, in the middle of what is supposed to be a war on terrorism. Geez. At least judicial nominations seem reasonably sound, though I can’t say I’ve followed them closely.

One question: with a record like that, what makes him think that Ashcroft’s judicial nominations are likely to be sound?

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