Here's the Herald article summarizing the experiment some south florida judges have been conducting with allowing jurors to submit questions after a witness testifies. The juror writes the question down and both attorneys and the judge review it. If it meets with approval, the Judge asks the witness the question. Judge David Miller, just back from Civil, where he allowed jurors to ask questions confirms in the article that he will continue the practice in Criminal.
Rumpole says: why would any trial lawyer not want to know what is in the mind of jurors?
Politics is fascinating. President Obama is set to nominate Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire as the Secretary of Commerce. Gregg is a Republican and the Governor of New Hampshire, who would appoint his replacement is a Democrat. The loss of one Republican and the addition of one Democrat in the Senate would give the Democrats a filibuster proof majority, and make Gregg the biggest turncoat Republican since...well, probably the biggest turncoat Republican ever.
The WSJ reports here that Gregg has accepted the nomination upon securing the agreement of New Hampshire's Governor to replace him with a Republican, keeping the numbers in the Senate stable.
Politics...gotta love it.
Another Obama appointee is in tax trouble and this one withdraws from consideration, the NY Times reports here.
Just how long can this go on?
Or looked at another way, do even the best and brightest of americans have a little something in their closet? And should that keep them from serving?
UPDATE: Former Senator Tom Daschle was perhaps uniquely qualified lead the discussion on national health policy. Make no mistake about this- his nomination was derailed by senators who are supported by powerful groups who have a vested interest in keeping health care reform at bay. We all suffer by what has happened here.