The partisan bickering over when to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia must not be allowed to jeopardize the work of the Supreme Court. Those signing below are distinguished law professors, practitioners and even judges.
While the news of Justice Stevens' retirement took most of the media attention on Friday, it's not really a distraction from Dawn Johnsen's fate. Both standoffs reveal the profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to restore the rule of law.
The final OPR report is only the beginning. We still don't know who asked Yoo and Bybee to write these memos, what specific instructions they were given or if they were they pressured to reach a particular conclusion.