Federal judge Edith Jones from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was considered a possible Supreme Court pick during the Bush 43 Administration.
Now a judicial misconduct complaint has been filed against her for alleging in a February speech that African-Americans and Hispanics are “predisposed to crime.” If you’re looking for justice in her court, you’d damn well better be lily white.
The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held today that President Obama abused his power in making recess appointments to the NLRB and cannot make such appointments when Congress is out of town for days or weeks, but only when a session of Congress has been permanently adjourned, which means at the end of the year.
It further held that he can make recess appointments only for vacancies that come up when the Senate has adjourned.
So unless the Supreme Court overturns this ruling, the whole recess appointment thing is pretty much over.
If the Senate would act on nominations as it’s supposed to, recess appointments wouldn’t be an issue. And the ATF wouldn’t still be without a director after six years. Isn’t that an abuse of the Senate’s power?