Christian evangelist may testify to White House assurances on Miers

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee will likely call Focus on the Family [advocacy website] founder James Dobson [profile], to testify at confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], Committee chairman Arlen Specter [official profile] said [Face the Nation transcript] Sunday. In an October 5 radio address, Dobson called for support of Miers and hinted to having information from the White House regarding her views on abortion [transcript], saying "When you know some of the things that I know -- that I probably shouldn't know -- you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, that Harriet Miers will be a good justice." Specter has expressed interest in learning what Dobson was promised, stating Sunday that "the American people are entitled to clarification." In her initial responses [JURIST document] to a Judiciary Committee questionnaire, Miers said that she has not made any representations to any individuals or interest groups as to how she might rule if confirmed. The Washington Post has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.