Mitt Romney forms iconic judicial panel

Published: Friday, Aug. 5 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

Mitt Romney's new 63-member Justice Advisory Committee is led by three co-chairs who can all be described as heavy hitters from the conservative right, according to an article in Friday's Boston Globe.

"One co-chair of what Romney calls his Justice Advisory Committee is former Appeals Court justice Robert Bork, a martyr of conservative legal thought whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was sunk by liberals. The second is Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican for President George W. Bush and a passionate opponent of abortion ... . The final co-chair is Richard Wiley, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission during the Nixon and Ford administrations."

In a statement on his website, Romney said, "Our democracy depends on a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law. Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench. I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars. Their deep experience and wisdom will be invaluable as we address the constitutional and legal issues facing the nation."

The Political Ticker blog on CNN.com focused on Bork as the most noteworthy aspect of Friday's announcement.

"Bork is known as a staunch advocate for 'originalism,' a principle that defends the original intent of the Constitution. Reagan nominated Bork as a Supreme Court Justice in 1987, only to have the nomination fall apart in a contentious confirmation battle after left-leaning groups opposed Bork's conservative judicial philosophies."

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