Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Does Rosenstein lack "Maryland perspective" for 4th Circuit post?

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy has a post mocking The Sun for its editorial Sunday supporting Sens. Mikulski and Cardin in their efforts to block Rod Rosenstein’s path to the 4th Circuit.

The Sun said Rosenstein does not have deep roots in Maryland and lacks the “Maryland perspective” the conservative appeals court needs.

Kerr writes:

Can any one explain this “Maryland perspective” of the law? Is it genetic? Are there classes you can take to learn it? Books you can read? Can it be acquired quickly, or must it age like a fine wine during decades of residence?

Or is it supposed to be a proxy for political views, with the idea being that a true Marylander isn't particularly conservative?

Legal Affairs Writer

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