THE DECISION announced today is a stunning and very sobering end to an otherwise spectacular week. It is also wholly and completely political, proved through involvement of Chief Judge David Sentelle, who was responsible for Ken Starr’s appointment back during the Clinton witch hunt.
Read this oldie but a great one from James Carville to get the dirty political dish on politically corrupt Judge Sentelle.
In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president’s ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session – and not in recess – at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions made over the past year.
The three-judge panel includes two appointees from both Presidents Bush, as well as one Reagan appointee.
As I’ve written before, chief Judge Sentelle is most notoriously remembered for the appointment of Ken Starr to investigate President Bill Clinton, though there’s also Iran-Contra. He’s been the subject of many writings of political writers acquainted with the history of the 90s.
In the fall of 1992, just weeks before Governor Bill Clinton defeated President George H. W. Bush in the November elections, Chief Justice Rehnquist made a quiet move that would forever reshape history. He replaced the elderly Judge MacKinnon with Judge David B. Sentelle, a fifty-on-year-old federal appeals judge in Washington known for his strong Southern, conservative Republican roots. Rehnquist also added Judge Joseph T. Sneed… who was even more conservative than Sentelle. — Ken Gormley, “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton v. Starr” (p. 152-153)
This is an outrageous political decision from the three-judge panel, led by Chief Judge David Sentelle, who long ago proved he cannot be trusted.
The court’s decision is a victory for Republicans and business groups that have been attacking the labor board for issuing a series of decisions and rules that make it easier for the nation’s labor unions to organize new members. [Associated Press]