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Bush picks Harriet Miers for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, Oct 3, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Harriet Miers, currently White House counsel, has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bush.

Miers, 60, would be the third woman to sit on the nation's highest court and would replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who this summer said she wished to retire from the bench.

Bush asked the U.S. Senate to "vote on her nomination promptly" and conduct a confirmation process with "the same respect and civility" as the last three Supreme Court nominations.

"I believe the senators of both parties will find that Harriet Miers' talent experience and judicial philosophy make her a superb choice to safeguard the constitutional liberties and equality of all Americans. Harriet Miers will strictly interpret our Constitution and laws. She will not legislate from the bench," Bush said.

Miers, who has no experience as a judge, is considered a part of the president's close circle of advisers. She was Bush's personal lawyer before he was elected president. She has had a series of White House appointments, beginning with staff secretary, deputy chief of staff and most recently counsel the president.

The nomination came just before Bush's other nominee to the Supreme Court, John Roberts, took over as chief justice as the court opened its session Monday.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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