January 17, 2007

A Fitting Eulogy

In response to Bush's withdrawal of nominees, a follow-up editorial mourned Terrence Boyle as another qualified judge fallen prey to the partisan power struggle that is dominating the judicial confirmation process.

Boyle's demise evinces the petty war against Bush's nominees because he is clearly not an ideologue, and has rightfully garnered bipartisan esteem.

"...he has displayed a strict, no-nonsense style in the courtroom that hasn't pleased some lawyers, but has earned respect from others. His rulings have typically been well-contemplated and clearly written. He seems to have a fair mind and an even hand, and he has not always been predictable. At times, he's offended the conservatives who have been among his strongest advocates for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond"