Bush taps lawyer, friend

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush named White House counsel Harriet Miers to a Supreme Court in transition Monday, turning to a longtime loyalist with no experience as a judge and scant public record on abortion to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Miers “will strictly interpret our Constitution and laws. She will not legislate from the bench,” the president said as the 60-year-old former private attorney and keeper of campaign secrets stood nearby in the Oval Office. Miers was Bush’s second selection in three months for vacancies on a high court long divided on key issues. The announcement came shortly before the president attended a ceremony marking John Roberts’ new tenure as the nation’s 17th chief justice. “The wisdom of those who drafted our Constitution and conceived our nation as functioning with three strong and independent branches has proven truly remarkable,” Miers said at the White House before departing for the Capitol and a Senate confirmation campaign already taking shape. In conference calls and interviews, the White House worked aggressively during the day to tamp down concern among conservatives determined – as Bush has pledged – to turn the court in a new direction. Rush Limbaugh repeatedly challenged Vice President Dick Cheney on the nomination in an interview. But by day’s end the White House trumpeted favorable comments from James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family, among other prominent conservatives. Additionally, Kyleen Wright, president of an anti-abortion group then known as Texans United for Life, said in an interview that Miers donated $150 to the organization as a “bronze patron” for its annual dinner in 1989. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said through his spokesman he wanted a confirmation vote by Thanksgiving, a compressed, seven-week timetable by recent historical standards. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, pledged thoroughness. “There needs to be, obviously, a very thorough inquiry into her background as a lawyer and her activities, people who will know her on the issues of character and integrity, which we will find out,” he said. Democrats said they would likely demand selected memos from a White House that refused to turn over many of them during Roberts’ confirmation. Despite criticism, initial reaction suggested Bush had managed to satisfy many of the conservatives who helped confirm Roberts – without inflaming Democrats who repeatedly warned against the selection of an extreme conservative to succeed O’Connor, who has voted to uphold abortion rights and preserve affirmative action. Several officials familiar with Bush’s consultations with Congress said that Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, had recommended that he consider Miers for the vacancy. In a written statement, Reid praised the Dallas native as a “trailblazer for women as managing partner of a major Dallas law firm” and said he would be glad to have a former practicing attorney on the court. If confirmed, she would become the second woman on the court, and the third in the history of the court. Frist greeted Miers by telling her, “We’re so proud of you.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, issued a statement saying he looked “forward to Ms. Miers’ confirmation.” Republicans hold a 55-44 majority in the Senate, with one independent. Barring a filibuster, they can confirm Miers on the strength of their votes alone. Miers has served as an adviser to Bush for more than a decade, in positions as varied as private attorney, chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission and in the White House. When Bush decided to run for governor of Texas in the early 1990s, he turned to Miers to research his own background for information that his opponents might try to use against him. When terrorists struck the United States in 2001, she was with him as staff secretary on what had been a routine trip to Florida. While her loyalty to Bush is unquestioned, Democrats publicly and Republicans privately wondered about her qualifications for the high court. “The president has selected a loyal political ally without a judicial record to sit on the highest court in the land,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the appointment raised questions about Miers’ role in controversies during the Bush administration and more broadly about “the Supreme Court maintaining its political independence.” At the same time, several senators, Reid and Specter among them, said they would be pleased to have a justice with no prior judicial experience, and the White House moved to fend off any charge that Bush was merely picking a longtime associate. The administration released material showing that 10 of the 34 justices appointed since 1933 had worked for the president who picked them. The list included the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, first tapped for the court by Richard M. Nixon, and Byron White, named by John F. Kennedy. Republican concerns tended to be more muted. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a strong foe of abortion, pointedly declined to issue a statement responding to the nomination. Officials said state and local GOP leaders peppered the White House with questions during a conference call, raising concerns about a lack of a documented Miers record on abortion and about her overall qualifications for the court. They also wondered about Miers’ $1,000 donations Al Gore’s 1988 presidential bid, and to Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s re-election campaign the same year. She also has donated money to Bush and other Republicans. Abortion has overshadowed all over issues in Supreme Court nominations in recent years – and to the consternation of conservatives, Miers has scant public record on the issue. As president of the Texas State Bar in 1993, Miers was a leader in an unsuccessful fight to persuade the American Bar Association to reconsider its pro-abortion rights stance by submitting it to a nationwide referendum. At the time, she questioned whether the group should “be trying to speak for the entire legal community” on an issue that she said “has brought on tremendous divisiveness” within the organization. While Miers evidently did not publicly state a view on the issue of abortion at the time, one conservative cited the events to support her nomination. “It took a degree of courage for Harriet to be involved in that,” said Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. “The ABA is a place where there was an awful lot of liberal activism, so it took some courage for a woman to take the position she did.” Bush apparently discerned similar personal qualities in Miers long ago. In 1996, Bush called her a pit bull in size 6 shoes. “When it comes to a cross-examination, she can fillet better than Mrs. Paul,” he said on another occasion, referring to a frozen fish company. HARRIET ELLAN MIERS AGE-BIRTH DATE – 60, born Aug. 10, 1945, in Dallas. EDUCATION – B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1967, mathematics major; J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1970. EXPERIENCE – February 2005-present, White House counsel; 2003-2004, White House deputy chief of staff for policy; 2001-2003, White House staff secretary; 1995-2000, chairwoman, Texas Lottery Commission; 1972-2000, private law practice; 1992, president, Texas Bar Association; 1989-1991, member, Dallas City Council; 1985, president, Dallas Bar Association. FAMILY – Single, no children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Report says RCMP investigation into Amber Tuccaros disappearance was wholly inadequate

first_imgA cross marks the site where Amber Tuccaro’s skull was found in a farmer’s field outside Leduc, Alta.Holly MooreAPTN NewsThe family of Amber Tuccaro today released 10 pages of a 120-page report they received in response to their complaint to the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.Amber Tuccaro, a 20-year-old mother of one from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, was last seen in August 2010 after leaving a Nisku, Alta. motel room. Her skull was found two years later in rural Leduc country, 35 km south of Edmonton.Individual officers from the Leduc RCMP detachment, whose names have been redacted, are singled out for not taking “reasonable steps to be satisfied” that Tuccaro was safe before removing her missing person’s entry in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system.Read More:Amber Tuccaro Press ReleaseReport of the RCMP Complaints Commission FindingsOther findings include: inaccurate information was released to the media, the RCMP investigators failed to seize Amber’s suitcase from the motel where she was staying, and improperly handling evidence.“Corporal (name redacted) mishandling of Ms. Tuccaro’s suitcase and its contents resulted in members of the Leduc Detachment accidentally destroying these items,” the report states.Officers were also found to have not interviewed witnesses.Her mother Vivian Tuccaro made the complaint to the commission on March 24, 2014. She alleged RCMP members of the Leduc detachment failed to conduct an adequate investigation into her daughter’s case. Her brother Paul Tuccaro testified to that effect at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in November 2017.(Vivian Tuccaro looks at the spot where her daughter Amber’s remains were found)According to the released document, the commission made 24 findings and 17 recommendations, finding that the investigation was “deficient in that various members were either not properly trained or did not adhere to their training.”It also found that the officers involved did not comply with RCMP policies, procedures and guidelines.An allegation of “conscious racial bias” among members was found to be unsupported.Recommendations include that officers should receive “operational guidance” and that the RCMP “report back to the Commission on the status of all recommendations made in in this report one year after the report is finalized.”A public apology to the Tuccaro family for the “mistakes made in the missing person investigation and the inadequate investigation undertaken overall by the Leduc Detachment,” was also recommended.In August of 2012, two years after she went missing, the RCMP’s Project KARE investigators held a news conference and released the cell phone recording of Tuccaro and an unknown male.Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuccaro got into a vehicle driven by the unknown man. While she was in the vehicle someone phoned Tuccaro who was overheard asking the unknown man where they were going.“Where are we by?” says Tuccaro.“We’re just heading south of Beaumont or north of Beaumont.”“You better not take, you better not be taking me anywhere I don’t wanna go. I wanna go into the city. Okay?” she says.She keeps asking him where they are driving to.The man claims they’re going “East to 50th St.”Then Tuccaro appears to ask what they’re driving on and the man says “gravel.”The conversation ends.The family said in a press release today they that are considering releasing the full report. A news conference with the RCMP has also been tentatively scheduled for July 25, 2019 in Edmonton, Alta.In a written statement to APTN News, Alberta RCMP said while they “don’t comment on matters of individual discipline and we can’t discuss any aspect of an ongoing homicide investigation,” they “accept the report’s findings and are acting on recommendations to improve and monitor performance as well as strengthen accountability.“We have already implemented many of the recommendations, and have taken steps to ensure this situation is not repeated.”APTN has also contacted the Tuccaro family for comment.More to [email protected]@hollymooreaptnlast_img read more

Makeup Beauty lies in eyes of the beholder

first_imgMake-up and women have been complementary terms for ages, but how do the two genders react to women with makeup? Men think women who wear make-up on are more “prestigious”, while women think women with make-up on are more “dominant”, reveals new research.The findings suggest that make-up changes perceptions of status depending on who is making the judgement – males or females.The research is the first to report on how males and females perceive women who wear make-up differently. “While both sexes agree that women with make-up look more attractive when it comes to ‘high status’, it really depends on who is looking,” said researcher Viktoria Mileva, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Men think women with make-up on are more prestigious, while women think women with make-up are more dominant,” Mileva noted. Research suggests that “high status” can be obtained through two main routes. “Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make others want to follow you,” she added. The findings were published in the journal Perception.The study also found that women held rather negative views of other women who wear make-up. “We did some follow-up studies as to why women might feel that other women with make-up are perceived as more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and potential threat,” Mileva said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Women rating other women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, think of them to be more promiscuous, and more attractive to men than their non-make-up wearing counterparts,” she noted.For example, at a job interview, knowing whether the hiring committee will consist of men or women might influence a female candidate’s decision about wearing make-up. “Whether the interviewers will view her as attractive, dominant, and/or prestigious can affect her and the interviewers’ actions and perhaps the outcome of the interview itself. Thus, understanding the potential implications of cosmetic use are important not only for the wearer, but also for the perceiver,” Mileva explained.last_img read more