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Giuliani's Liberal Appointments

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Rudy Giuliani has promised that, if elected president, he would nominate staunch judicial conservatives. But The Politico's Ben Smith reports that his judicial appointments as mayor are hardly the sort that would reassure conservatives:

[M]ost of Giuliani's judicial appointments during his eight years as mayor of New York were hardly in the model of Chief Justice John Roberts or Samuel Alito--much less aggressive conservatives in the mold of Antonin Scalia.

A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.

A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.

It will be interesting to see if any conservatives pick up on this... .

--Jonathan Chait

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