May 10 2010

SHELBY STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF ELENA KAGAN

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I look forward to reviewing Ms. Kagan’s qualifications to be a jurist on our nation’s highest court.  Because she has never been a judge, we must seek to ascertain her judicial philosophy from other elements of her record.  As Dean of Harvard Law School, Ms. Kagan sought to bar military recruiters from the property because of her opposition to the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  I hope this act is not a harbinger of a tendency to render judgments based on political reasoning.  As the Senate considers her nomination, it will be critical to learn whether Ms. Kagan’s judicial philosophy stems from her political beliefs or adheres to the U.S. Constitution.  I will give Ms. Kagan’s nomination the serious consideration it deserves and the close scrutiny it requires.”