Retired Republican judge joins fight against ‘centerpiece’ of Trump’s effort to overturn election
President Donald Trump said he will nominate another conservative judge to the U.S. Supreme Court if he can find one that agrees with him. And retired judge Harry Kalven agrees.
The 74-year-old Kalven is expected to be Trump’s next Supreme Court pick. His full name is Harry Samuel Kalven. He served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He’s also the president and chairman of the board of trustees for the Kalven Foundation. He has also been recognized as a senior judge by the American Bar Association.
He’s the co-founder of two high school journalism programs in New York City. The first was the William Allen White Award for Excellence in National Journalism. He’s the former chair of the board of trustees for the National Society of Black Journalists.
His wife is the former Miss USA, Gail Strickland. Her father, William Strickland Sr., was the president of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Their children are William Strickland Jr., Michael Strickland, and Elizabeth Strickland.
Kalven is the second sitting judge to join the anti-Trump resistance. And it should surprise no one that he’s decided to do so.
He told Politico this week: “I’ve been working very hard for nearly 14 years, and I have not seen any evidence of a problem to warrant Justice Scalia’s replacement.”
Here’s what Trump said in an interview with Breitbart News in July: “It will be an extremely powerful, very important justice for the Supreme Court, and I’m thinking of picking somebody who will be a very important justice for the Supreme Court.”
At that time, Trump said that he’s hoping to find someone to replace Scalia who’d serve the same legal principle.
When Trump asked why someone like Justice Scalia “couldn’t make it,” he said he was referring to the Supreme Court. For all Trump knows, that’s where Scalia is gone.
But there’s no doubt that the president’s next pick will be another conservative pick. And if he picks a conservative, it may come at the expense of the Democratic Party.
On Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-