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High court nominee Miers to respond to criticism in Senate questionnaire

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive; Washington Post profile] will offer her first rebuttal to concerns over her qualifications [JURIST report] Monday in answers to a Senate questionnaire on several topics, including judicial activism. White House strategists say that Miers' approach will be to reassure conservative critics while at the same time not drawing fire from the liberal opposition. Miers has been criticized for her limited record of constitutional jurisprudence and curiosity abounds on how she might rule on an abortion case. This will be Miers' first opportunity to respond to her critics since her nomination earlier this month [JURIST report] to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. The New York Times has more.

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