Judge Hardiman Makes Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

Judge HardimanSenate Republicans, including Pat Toomey, have been insistent that President Obama not be allowed to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

If that stance holds, the next Justice would be chosen by the winner of the 2016 presidential election.

After previously pledging to release a list of judges that he would consider to fill Scalia’s seat, the Trump campaign gave the Associated Press a list of eleven names today.

Among them is Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania.

Judge Hardiman serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed in 2007 by a vote of 95-0 in the Senate (PA’s two Senators at the time, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, both voted for Hardiman).

Before that Hardiman served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Pres. Bush chose him for that position as well in 2003 and he was confirmed by voice vote in the Senate.

Hardiman is fifty years old and a resident of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Notre Dame and Georgetown Law School.

May 18th, 2016 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Presidential, Top Stories | 11 Comments

11 thoughts on “Judge Hardiman Makes Trump’s Supreme Court Short List”

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  2. HaHaHa says:

    This guy should sue to be taken off that list.

  3. Bitter Cruz supporter says:

    Damn it. This guy actually knows how to manage the political landscape pretty damn well.

  4. mike ference says:

    I would never trust anyone who married a Zappala.

  5. $CD$ says:

    Judge Hardiman is thoughtful and kind. I spent time in his chambers discussing everything from chess to criminal justice reform to nuclear weapons. He always looks you in the eye and encourages you to stand your ground when you have a strong opinion. He gives much deference to rulings of the lower courts. He’s a great person.

  6. George Roehrich says:

    Related to Zappala.Former Chief Justice Zappala and daughter were making millions from pa casino association.Trump got millions from casinos.
    DA Zappala ran as pro choice

  7. Isaac L. says:

    His decisions appear to be a mixed bag on the First Amendment, but after a cursory look, he doesn’t appear to be a total nutjob, so that’s promising.

  8. PhillyPolitico says:

    95-0. Remember back when the Senate held by one party approved judges nominated by a president of the other party?

  9. gulagPittsburgh says:

    Total unknown. But considering his alma maters, he must be a so-called “pro-lifer” with anti-abortion rights views.

  10. David Diano says:

    What really bad ruling did Hardiman make to get himself on Trump’s radar?

  11. Trump says:

    They won’t let me pick David Duke?!?

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