1. WS President Ronald Reagan and federal appeals court judge Douglas Ginsburg walk into room
2. MS Ginsburg stands to one side, Reagan at podium begins remarks
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Reagan, US President:
"...I am announcing today that, in accordance with my duty under the Constitution, I intend to nominate and ask the Senate to confirm Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court..."
4. push CU Reagan at podium, continues remarks
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Reagan, US President:
"...Judge Ginsburg is a highly regarded member of the legal profession. His career as a Federal judge, as Assistant Attorney General of the United States, as a senior official at the Office of Management and Budget, as a distinguished professor at Harvard Law School, and as a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall makes him eminently qualified to sit on our highest court. Just as importantly, Judge Ginsburg is highly respected by his peers across the political spectrum. When I nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals last year, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and won lavish praise not just from conservatives but from liberals, as well.
Judge Ginsburg is, as I am, as every justice I've nominated has been, a believer in judicial restraint; that is, that the proper role of the courts is to interpret the law, not make it. In our democracy, our elected representatives make laws, and unelected judges interpret the laws. And that's the foundation of our system of government. Above all, judges must be guided by our most fundamental law: the Constitution. Every judge that I appoint must understand that he or she serves under the Constitution, not above it, and Judge Ginsburg is such a judge.
Throughout his professional career, Judge Ginsburg has shown that he also believes, as I do, that the courts must administer fair and firm justice, while remembering not just the rights of criminals but, equally important, the rights of the victims of crime and the rights of society. Too often, judges have reinterpreted the Constitution and have made law enforcement a game in which clever lawyers can try to find ways to trip up the police on the rules. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended when they framed our Constitution 200 years ago. They knew that among the most vital duties of government was to ``ensure domestic tranquility.'' They drafted a Constitution and gave us a system that was true to that duty, while protecting the rights of all Americans. I believe that Judge Ginsburg will take a tough, clear-eyed view of this essential purpose of the Constitution, while remaining sensitive to the safety of our citizens and to the problems facing law enforcement professionals.
Much has been said about my agenda for the courts. I want courts that protect the rights of all citizens. No one has rights when criminals are allowed to prey on society. Judge Ginsburg understands that, and that's why I am nominating him. That's why I have selected each of the people I have put forward for the Supreme Court. In taking up this nomination, I hope we can all resolve not to permit a repetition of the campaign of pressure politics that has so recently chilled the judicial selection process. It is time for the Senate to show that it will join with me in defending the integrity and independence of the American system of justice.
And a good way to begin would be by holding hearings promptly. When Justice Powell announced his retirement 4 months ago, he made it plain that he believed it would be unfair to the parties with cases before the Supreme Court, and unfair to the remaining members of the Court, to be left without nine full-time Justices. He graciously stepped down from the Court to enable the President and the Congress to select his replacement before this October term began. But as a result of the longest delay in starting hearings to fill a vacant seat on the Court since the custom of taking testimony from Supreme Court nominees first began in 1939, the Nation's highest court is still operating at less than full strength over 4 months later.
The long delay in scheduling hearings for Judge Bork had other results, as well. Since June 1987, when Justice Powell resigned, the work of the Supreme Court has grown even more burdensome. All during the months of July, August, and September, nearly one-third of the literally hundreds of cases..."
6. Pull WS Ginsburg and Reagan on stage, Reagan at podium continues remarks
... ``unpretentious.'' Now, that's quite a compliment for a judge. But I guess that's just one reflection of a man who believes profoundly in the rule of law. In the last analysis, it is just such men and women who ensure the continued respect for our constitutional system. And that's why I'm so pleased to nominate Judge Douglas Ginsburg to the highest court of our nation..."
7. MS Reagan shakes Ginsburg's hand
8. CUT Ginsburg greeting wife Dr. Hallee Morgan and daughter, also named Halle, Ginsburg picks up daughter
9. MS Reagan shakes hands with Hallee Morgan, Ginsburg kisses wife
In using an ornate East Room setting to present his newest Supreme Court nominee, President Ronald Reagan displayed what could be the first of several changes in strategy to get a conservative confirmed. Reagan escorted Douglas H. Ginsburg into the chandeliered East Room, to a pre-arranged welcoming committee and hearty applause. Instead of having his announcement followed by questions shouted by reporters, Reagan had Ginsburg say a few words, then they walked off stage. While the East Room setting was intended to lend dignity, and the cheering-section was aimed at getting things off to an upbeat start, the introduction of Ginsburg's wife, Hallee, and his 2-year-old daughter, also named Hallee, seemed an effort to humanize the process.
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