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SENTINEL WATCH

HIGHER EXPECTATIONS FOR THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS

From the August 1, 2005 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR'S impending retirement from the United States Supreme Court has been followed by newspaper headlines of a "high court fight" and a looming "confirmation battle. " Before accepting these predictions of future strife in the political process, we should be asking ourselves, Should I agree to them? Is a fight inevitable? What I find myself yearning for is a display of intelligence and harmony in the selection and the hearings leading up to the confirmation of the next justice.