If this AP article is to be believed, President Obama’s shortlist contains one name people haven’t really considered yet: Carlos Moreno.
Name: Carlos R. Moreno
DOB: November 4, 1948
Undergraduate: B.A. Yale ’70
Graduate: J.D. Stanford ’75
Current Position: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, ’01-Present
Notable Past Positions: Federal District Judge, ’98-’01
Most Recent Opinion: Smith v. WCAB (May 11, 2009)
Drawbacks: Judge Moreno signed on to an opinion in 2008 that recognized the right to same-sex marriage under California’s Constitution. He’s also on the higher-end of the normal age-range for recent Supreme Court nominees.
At this point in the deliberation process, I have to wonder about the politics surrounding this ‘leak.’ Moreno has a solid background of upholding anti-sexual discrimination laws and other liberal policies, but it is interesting that he is the only male amongst the group of likely contenders. You have to wonder if the administration is throwing his name out there to soften the blow in the event that they are actually considering another male or otherwise more ‘mainstream’ choice than the ones the media has been mentioning. At this point, the media has made such a ruckus about nominating a latino or a woman that the administration has to either accept their standard or do something to lower the standard before they make their pick.