To remind him of some of the work done by potential Supreme Court nominee Robert L. Wilkins, all President Barack Obama has to do is look down the street from the White House to the nearly completed National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Now a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Wilkins has credentials that would make him an attractive nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. A native of Muncie, Indiana, who was raised by a single mother, he graduated from Harvard Law School and spent a decade as a public defender in Washington.
“It should not be suspicious to travel on the highway early in the morning in a Virginia rental car. And it should not be suspicious to be black,” Wilkins later said of the incident.
Republican resistance so infuriated Democrats that they exercised what’s termed the “nuclear option,” engineering the Senate rules so that only 51, rather than 60, votes were needed to act on the nominations. Wilkins was ultimately confirmed, 55 to 43.
Possible Supreme Court Pick — Robert L. Wilkins Championed Black History Museum was originally published on myspiritdc.com