High Court's Slide to the Right Set for Argument Later This Month, Tennessee Death-Penalty Case Called `Bellwether'

By Marshall Ingwerson, writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 1991 | Go to article overview
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High Court's Slide to the Right Set for Argument Later This Month, Tennessee Death-Penalty Case Called `Bellwether'


Marshall Ingwerson, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


SOME approaching Supreme Court decisions are likely to provide bellwether signs for how much further the court's rightward shift during the past three years will go.

The character of President Bush's legacy in the federal courts has not yet become clear.

His only appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice David Souter, has not yet made an identifiable mark on the court. Major court decisions in recent months have jogged both to right and left on matters from the rights of the accused to workplace discrimination.

But the overall drift of the court, to most court-watchers, is at the least to consolidate the sharp rightward shift that began at the end of the Reagan presidency. Deep conservative roots

Perhaps the most-watched Supreme Court decision this session in the criminal law field is a Tennessee capital-punishment case in which the court will rule on whether to admit emotional evidence of the impact on the surviving victims of the crime.

"This is a bellwether for us whether the court is going to take another lurch in the conservative direction," says Vivian Berger, general counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union and vice dean at Columbia Law School. The deep conservative roots - nurtured through the Republican hold on the presidency - is apparent throughout the federal courts.

By the end of Mr. Bush's first term, says Sheldon Goldman, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts who tracks judicial appointments, two-thirds of those on the federal bench will be Reagan or Bush appointees. At least 20 percent will be Bush appointees, and only about 25 percent will be Democrats. "So Democrats, and particularly liberal Democrats, are becoming an endangered species" in the courts, says Professor Goldman.

The Bush nominations to judgeships are considered very similar to Reagan's. But the Bush administration has managed to appoint judges with little of the political controversy of some Reagan appointments.

The first judicial appointment that Bush stands a significant chance of losing in a Senate confirmation vote is that of Kenneth L. Ryskamp, a federal trial judge in Miami appointed by Bush to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will probably vote on Judge Ryskamp's confirmation next Thursday. Many of the committee's Democratic members are concerned about the judge's attitudes on civil rights, such as his membership in a country club that has no black members and allegedly discriminates against Jews. If the committee recommends confirmation, it will go to the full Senate for a vote.

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