Waltham native is on Trump’s short list for Supreme Court

Waltham native is on Trump’s short list for Supreme Court

Matt Slocum/Associated Press/file 2017 Judge Thomas Hardiman. WASHINGTON — They’re all younger than 55 and conservative enough to make a first cut. But the four judges who are apparently the finalists for President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination are being measured against a set of questions that go well beyond age and ideology. Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? Academic credentials, professional experience and sometimes even gender, race and geographical diversity all can be part of the equation. The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement. The new justice has the potential to entrench conservative control of the Supreme Court for years to come. Here are some of the pluses and minuses for each of the presumed leading candidates: ___ Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top the list THOMAS HARDIMAN, 52, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit Hardiman is from Waltham , where his father ran a cab and school transportation company. He worked as a driver/dispatcher for Waltham Central Square Taxi in 1987. (That was the same year he finished the University of Notre Dame — making him the first college graduate in his family — and began pursuing his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.) He was a runner-up when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the high […]

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