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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

Governor Brown’s nomination of UC Berkeley law prof Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court may stir a lot of Golden Bear pride, but in other spheres, the choice was potentially controversial. [LA Times]

Then again, there are those who argue that, at least in terms of Brown’s political career, the move was something positive — a step toward “mak[ing] amends for missteps he made in his youth.” [Sac Bee]

Yet another audit has found UC Berkeley lacking in the way of transparency. And this is news because … ? [SFGate]

Today supposedly marks the long-awaited trial of detained hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in Iran. It is about freaking time. [Bay Citizen]

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Earlier: Nerds and the New York Times


As you may or may not have heard, Berkeley’s own law prof Goodwin Liu was nominated by Obama to be the Ninth Circuit appeals court judge (and no, it has nothing to do with Dante, if that’s what you were thinking). The conservatives weren’t too pleased, but as of yesterday, his nomination advanced with 12 Dems in favor and 7 Republicans opposed.

The advancement has done nothing to assuage conservative fears, since Liu is vintage Berkeley. He supports affirmative action and same-sex marriage and he has been “open in expressing these views.”

And to his opponents, this screams ALERT ALERT ACTIVIST JUDGE ON THE LOOSE. Republican senator Jeff Sessions put it this way: “He is not a believer in judicial restraint and the traditional view of a judge. Give me a break.”

The fears don’t stop there, either. They worry that Obama “might later seek to elevate Mr. Liu, 39, to the Supreme Court.” A Berkeley law prof as one of the Supremes? HELL yeah. Hang in there, Goodwin, we’re pulling for Liu!

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Liu nomination advances [New York Times]

UC Berkeley Law Prof. Goodwin Liu, Obama’s nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is facing mad criticism from Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee on account of some “glaring omissions” about his, er, checkered past.

And by checkered past we mean, you know, opposing supporting affirmative action, participating in an event sponsored by the Center for Social Justice at Berkeley, believing people have a right to health care and that the Constitution should be re-examined once in a while. Oooh the controversy is deafening.

Liu swung back with a heartfelt apology for his short-sights, though whether the slip-up will cost him the job remains uncertain.

Contrary to previous assertion, Liu is in fact a supporter of affirmative action as a means of “remedying societal discrimination.”

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Republicans Attack Judicial Nominee Goodwin Liu for Omissions [CBS]
Boalt Professor Liu Faces Republican Criticism [Daily Cal]

Goodwin Liu of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law is slated to snag an Obama nomination for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, he’ll be wear the coveted “sole full-time Asian American judge on a federal appellate court” crown. Every little boy’s dream, right?

Allegedly Liu’s got fans on both side of the aisle, however, the Clog remains skeptical. He’s been known to be “affable and savvy” in front of the camera, engaging in some pretty angry nose-to-nose dialogue read more »