Supreme Court Justice Appointed By Clinton In 1994
February 6, 2012 by staff
Supreme Court Justice Appointed By Clinton In 1994, President Bill Clinton made two appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States, both during his first term.
On March 19, 1993, Associate Justice Byron White announced his retirement (and assumption of senior status), effective at the end of the Supreme Court’s 1992-1993 term. President Clinton announced Ruth Bader Ginsburg as White’s replacement on June 15, 1993, and she was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 1993.
On April 6, 1994, Associate Justice Harry Blackmun announced his retirement (and assumption of senior status), which ultimately took effect August 3, 1994. President Clinton announced Stephen Breyer as Blackmun’s replacement on May 13, 1994, with the United States Senate confirming Breyer on July 29, 1994.
Throughout much of the history of the United States, the Supreme Court of the United States was considered the least powerful branch of the government, and nominations to that body, although important, were not the source of great political controversy as they are today. Furthermore, Clinton’s Supreme Court nominations were the first by a Democratic president since President Lyndon Johnson’s controversial and failed nomination of Abe Fortas to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1968.
When asked about the kind of justices he would appoint to the Supreme Court, President Bill Clinton insisted that he had no litmus test for his justice, but at the same time, that he only wanted justices who would be pro-choice when it came to abortion. “I will appoint judges to the Supreme Court who believe in the constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose”, Clinton said in an interview on April 5, 1992. In an interview on June 18, 1992, Clinton said, “I don’t believe in the litmus test for Supreme Court judges, but I do think that the Court has been so politicized by the recent appointments under the last two presidents that we ought to appoint someone who can provide some balance; someone who everybody will say, ‘There is someone who can be a great judge and someone who believes in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and protecting the rights of ordinary citizens to be let alone from undue intrusion by their government.’” In addition, Clinton said he felt it was unhealthy that the court was dominated by former judges, most of whom, he felt, lacked adequate real-world experience. Clinton also made clear he was interested in shifting the dynamics of the court. “Look, the court is totally fragmented and it’s dominated by Republican appointees”, he said. “It’s not enough for someone to vote the right way. We’ve got to get someone who will move people, who
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