Oct. 27, 2005
Experts on Miers’
Withdrawal of Supreme Court Bid Available at CUA
Experts at The Catholic
University of America are available to discuss Harriet Miers’
withdrawal from her nomination to succeed
retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. CUA experts also are
available to talk about the political implications for President George W. Bush
of Miers’ failed nomination as well as the history of
troubled Supreme Court nominations. For assistance in reaching sources,
contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.
PHILOSOPHIES OF THE COURT — Dennis
Coyle, associate professor of politics and visiting scholar at the
American Enterprise Institute, is the author of an opinion piece about
Harriet Miers’ nomination titled “Dubya
Closes a Door? What Harriet Miers May
Mean for Constitutional Law,” which is available at National
Review Online. Coyle is an expert on the judicial philosophies of Supreme
Court justices, the confirmation process and on constitutional law,
particularly property rights, federalism, the First Amendment and the
equal protection clause. He is the author of “Property Rights and the Constitution” and, most recently,
articles on land use regulations, the
standards of scrutiny applied by the Supreme Court, and Justice Felix
Coyle can be reached at 202-319-5813 (office) or 301-471-3344
(mobile) or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SUPREME COURT SELECTION PROCESS — Phillip Henderson, associate
professor of politics, is an
expert on political leadership and the presidential selection process for
Supreme Court nominees. Henderson
can discuss some of the partisan moments in the court’s history, such as conservative
opposition to Abe Fortas during Lyndon Johnson's
presidency, the defeat of Clement Haynesworth and G. Harrold
President Richard Nixon and the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice
Samuel Chase for partisan reasons under President Thomas Jefferson. He is currently writing “Twelve Leaders Who Made a Difference,” a comparative study of U.S.
political leaders who had a profound impact on the institutions in which
they served. His teaching interests include U.S. political leadership since 1789,
executive branch policymaking, the U.S. presidency and American
Henderson can be reached at 410-992-1776
(home) or by e-mail: email@example.com
COURT PROCEEDINGS — Peter Bowman
Rutledge, assistant professor at CUA’s Columbus
School of Law, regularly advises parties and lawyers in matters
before the Supreme Court. His teaching and research interests include criminal
law, criminal procedure and international dispute resolution. Rutledge
served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Rutledge can be reached at 202-319-5140 (office) or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- IMPACT OF
MIERS’ NOMINATION ON THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION — John
Kenneth White, professor of politics, is available to discuss the
effect of Miers’ nomination withdrawal on the
Bush Administration from a polling and public opinion standpoint. White
has analyzed polling figures dating back to the Truman administration to
support his thesis that the Bush Administration is in decline because the
president “can’t change the topic” from negative issues such as the war in
and controversy over Miers’ nomination. White’s
conclusions are contained in a recent paper, “A Presidency on Life
Support,” which appeared in The Polling Report (view at: http://pollingreport.com/whitejk.htm
or contact the CUA Office of Public Affairs for a copy).
White can be reached by phone at
202-319-6136 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
To search for other CUA faculty who serve as
experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/experts/
or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.
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