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President Donald Trump nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, foreground, in May for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (File photo: Bill Klotz)
President Donald Trump nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, foreground, in May for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (File photo: Bill Klotz)

Law professors defend David Stras in online column

Six law profs have penned a piece in MinnPost supporting the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and criticizing an op-ed piece alleging that Stras is “driven by conservative ideology” and lacking judicial independence. That piece, by Beth Gendler, executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, said “Stras is clearly in the mold of an ultra-right-wing conservative, and his nomination by President Trump must be blocked.” It was a rebuttal to an earlier commentary by former Justices Alan C. Page, Helen M. Meyer and Paul H. Anderson.

Rebutting Gendler’s interpretation of Stras’s legal career were Carol ChomskyKristin Hickman and William McGeveran of the University of Minnesota Law School;  Michael Stokes Paulsen from the University of St. Thomas School of Law; and Peter Knapp and Ted Sampsell-Jones  at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. “Although we disagree on many legal and political matters, we all support Stras’ nomination. He is intelligent and impartial. He is committed to deciding cases objectively based on the constitutional and statutory provisions before him, regardless of which party that favors. He will make an excellent judge on the 8th Circuit. He should be confirmed,” they wrote.

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