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    ABC News: Don Willett is WAY TOO FUNNY to be on the Supreme Court

    ABC News: Don Willett is WAY TOO FUNNY to be on the Supreme Court

    Tweeting photo of cornbread shaped like Texas “raises questions of judicial impartiality”

    Former Texas Supreme Court Justice, and now 5th Circuit Judge, Don Willett has been a favorite of conservatives and libertarians for a long time.

    Prof. Glenn Reynolds recently commented:

    Who would I pick from Trump’s list? (And note how unprecedentedly transparent and helpful it is to have a president with such a list.) My personal first choice would be former Texas Supreme Court Justice and 5th Circuit Judge Don Willett. Writing in Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Willett quoted Frederick Douglass’ joy on receiving the first money he earned as a free man and observed, “Douglass’ irrepressible joy at exercising his hard-won freedom captures just how fundamental — and transformative — economic liberty is. Self-ownership, the right to put your mind and body to productive enterprise, is not a mere luxury to be enjoyed at the sufferance of governmental grace, but is indispensable to human dignity and prosperity.”  There are, sadly, few other judges who understand this.

    And Willett knows about such things. As I’ve argued in my recent book, “The Judiciary’s Class War,” the current Supreme Court is a monoculture of Ivy League “thoroughbreds” with elite backgrounds. There’s nothing wrong with that, but a little variety would be nice. Willett offers some.

    After his father died when Willett was 6, his mother supported the family by waiting tables at a truck stop. He attended Baylor University and Duke — first-rate schools, but a change from the Harvard/Yale monoculture that currently fills the court. And like many previous justices but no current ones, he has actually run for office. A first-rate mind with a background that reflects Trump’s America, Willett seems like a great choice to me.

    Kemberlee is a YUGE fan of Willett’s Twitter feed, including these gems:

    Willett’s Twitter feed raised the ire of Democrat Senators when he was nominated for the 5th Circuit based on this tweet, Aging, humorless Dem Senator rips judicial nominee Don Willett over Bacon Marriage tweet:

    Whether Willett is Trump’s choice is something we’ll find out soon. I’m doubtful he would get the nod at this point.

    But the investigative journalists at ABC News are on the case, just in case. And they want you to know that there is something “odd” about a Judge who is so damn funny, From Twitter fingers to judicial decisions: Examining a potential SCOTUS nominee’s odd social media habits:

    On New Year’s Eve, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Don Willett channeled Rick Astley by tweeting “People of Earth—In 2018, @JusticeWillett will never: give you up, let you down, run around, desert you, make you cry, say goodbye, tell a lie, hurt you.”

    Wait a second, that is a seriously funny and witty tweet. Looks like Judge Willett Rick-rolled ABC News:

    But wait, ABC News has more:

    Before that, Willett, at the time a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, tweeted out his son confusing “Eminem” and “eminent,” a picture of three puppies and a picture of cornbread shaped like his home state.

    This could be a problem, ABC News assures us:

    But with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement on Wednesday, and Willett’s name appearing on a list of Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominees, the judge’s frequent tweeting last year raises questions of judicial impartiality….

    Willett hasn’t tweeted since joining the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at the beginning of this year, but it remains to be seen whether or not his tweets will interfere with any potential nomination.

    Okay, here’s the deal-breaker on Willett, a tweet included in the ABC News report:

    What kind of sicko bakes cornbread in the shape of Texas?

    [Don Willett Twitter Profile Pic]


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    You people don’t understand…SCOTUS must totally impartial!!!!

    Who knows when these important questions might come before the Supreme Court???

    1. Which is cuter…puppies or kittens?
    2. Cornbread…pan or muffins?
    3. The National Breakfast…bacon and eggs or tofu and kale?

    But seriously, I feel sorry for ABC… would’ve loved to been in the pre-production meeting…
    “So is this judge a RIGHT WING WACKO?”
    “Well boss, he tweets pics of puppies and stuff about his kids”
    “OMG…HE…wait…what?” “Damn…well, do what you can…”

    Arminius | July 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I’m not saying it’s hopeless, but with Senators like Collins it’s going to be difficult.

    “…’I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law,’ Collins said on CNN’s State of the Union.

    ‘I want a judge who will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution,, Collins added. ‘Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well established, and no less an authority than Chief Justice Roberts said that repeatedly at his confirmation hearing…'”

    If the SCOTUS were held to the same standard then that Collins wants to hold any Supreme Court nominee now, then in the Brown v. Board of Education the court would have upheld the Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal was constitutional. After all, it was longer established than Roe v. Wade. 58 years instead of 45 years. And arguably Plessy v. Ferguson has never been overturned since the SCOTUS still reserves the right to decide what forms of racial discrimination are acceptable.

    I’ve never accused Collins of being anything but shallow. But here she’s being an absolute disgrace. And considering the state of the GOP she won’t be alone.

      Barry in reply to Arminius. | July 1, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      “I’ve never accused Collins of being anything but shallow.”

      🙂 I have.

      I have no belief that Trump will get an affirmative confirmation vote out of this senate. It will have to come after the election when we have enough votes to override the D party and their unregistered members like Collins.

    DouglasJBender | July 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Off-topic, but something that might one day come before the Supreme Court (let’s hope not):

    Given all the “trans” this and “trans” that floating around, a d people “identifying” as the race or gender of their choice, could I, as a heterosexual white male, identify as a lesbian black female who identified as a heterosexual white male?

    DouglasJBender | July 1, 2018 at 10:22 pm


    DouglasJBender | July 1, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    If so, then would I have my choice of running for office as a heterosexual white male or as a lesbian black female?

      Your best bet would be to run against yourself as a white hetero Repub male AND a black lesbian Dem female…Thus insuring victory !

      If the Courts give you any trouble I will represent you…I’m an old white guy who identifies as a young, attractive, female lawyer with big knockers…

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