Barack Obama's crummy Supreme Court nominee
President Barack Obama has nominated a Supreme Court justice who thinks that prosecutors who use fake evidence to convict someone of murder should be shielded from lawsuits. Details here.
There's nothing that can be done about this. Given the partisan realities in Washington, the president could nominate almost anyone, and the Democrats holding a solid majority in the U.S. Senate would set aside whatever private reservations they might have and confirm that person. Only a few of the usual soreheads (libertarians, card-carrying members of the American Civil Liberties Union, those sorts of folks) will raise a fuss. They probably won't get much traction in the media.
I want to thank a couple of the usual soreheads for alerting me to this: Jennifer Abel (via Jeffrey Quick).