Miers seems like anti-abortion moderate
DONNA CASSATA and CALVIN WOODWARD
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' footprints on contentious social issues suggest a moderate position on gay rights, an interest in advancing women and minorities and sympathy for anti-abortion efforts. Judging from the Smith & Wesson she once packed, she favors gun rights, too.
Miers' years as a corporate lawyer and White House insider have produced a record so scant that court-watchers are picking through 16-year-old Dallas city council votes and the like to divine how she might come down on constitutional matters.
She is not a completely blank slate.
A decade before the 2001 terrorist attacks, Miers defended constitutional freedoms in a time of danger, with words that would hearten two groups of activists in the post-9/11 world of added police powers - civil libertarians and the gun lobby.
"The same liberties that ensure a free society make the innocent vulnerable to those who prevent rights and privileges and commit senseless and cruel acts," she wrote in Texas Lawyer, when she was president of the state bar. "Those precious liberties include free speech, freedom to assemble ... access to public places, the right to bear arms and freedom from constant surveillance.
"We are not willing to sacrifice these rights because of the acts of maniacs."
Miers once owned a .45-caliber revolver, a gift from a brother who was worried about her safety when she lived alone in Dallas, says Judge Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court, who has known Miers for 30 years and has dated her.
"It's a huge gun - he wanted to be sure she stopped the guy," Hecht said in a telephone interview. The judge recalled one Sunday afternoon driving out to the country, setting up tin cans on a dirt road and trying to teach Miers how to shoot.
How was her aim?
"She was terrible," said Hecht, who added that she kept the gun for a long time but said he was unsure if she ever fired it again.
In her writings, Miers has pitched a brand of criminal justice that borrowed from the right and the left. On one hand, she insisted, "Punishment of wrongdoers should be swift and sure," and she appeared to have little patience for those who would excuse an act of violence by blaming society.
On the other hand, she pressed for more money to improve legal representation for indigent defendants and said root causes of crime - poverty, lack of mental and other health care, inadequate education and family dysfunction - must be addressed.
When they overturn Miller and other cases they are one of us. By that I mean Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and whoever else comes up. Roberts seemed in his interview to think Miller has been sidestepped for decades.
yeah, she might be an alien too......
One of us?
You might want to check up on how she feels about using international law to decide U.S. cases. She's been quoted as being in support of an international criminal court... I can't see how that could possibly be a good thing, as far as Americans are concerned.