Refuse an ap­point­ment

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “Health care law hangs in the bal­ance” (Front Page, Sept. 22): Any ju­rist nom­i­nated to the Supreme Court should refuse to ac­cept the ap­point­ment be­cause of the cir­cum­stances un­der which the nom­i­na­tion was made.

If the nom­i­na­tion is ac­cepted, the Se­nate should re­ject the nom­i­na­tion be­cause their tes­ti­mony can­not be trusted, given the pre­sump­tion that the nom­i­na­tion is based on par­ti­san pol­i­tics, not ju­di­cial in­tegrity.

While it is the pre­rog­a­tive of the pres­i­dent to nom­i­nate fed­eral judges, con­fir­ma­tion of any jus­tice this close to the elec­tion will un­der­mine the rule of law that ev­ery judge has taken an oath to pro­tect.

An­thony Somkin, Berke­ley

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