Judge Napolitano: SCOTUS nomination plea is very unusual
Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano says it is highly unusual for a sitting judge to engage in public lobbying for the Supreme Court nomination.
Amid the already heated political debate surrounding the open Supreme Court seat, President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month.
“It sounded like an emotional plea for the propriety of his nomination. Obviously it was something the White House wrote or the White House approved. It is highly unusual for the nominee him or herself to engage in any type of public lobbying and really should be reserved for behind-the-scenes with the members of the Senate.” FNC senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
Napolitano continued, “It is extremely unusual for a sitting judge who is regulated by what we call the cannons of judicial ethics about what he or she may say in public and may not say in public.”