O’Connor: Improve “Tense” Judge-Congress Relations

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor urged judges and lawyers yesterday to forge personal friendships on Capitol Hill, reports The Recorder. “Try to make a friend out of the members of Congress,” O’Connor told the annual conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “Try to help them understand the needs of judges. It’s much harder to turn a cold shoulder on someone you know.”

O’Connor avoided a detailed discussion of the high court’s recent controversial decision on sentencing guidelines. But she said the case, in which she dissented, “looks like a number 10 earthquake to me.” O’Connor warned any effort to influence Congress will be tough. “The apparent state of relations … is more tense than at any time in my lifetime,” O’Connor said, citing judicial pay and other funding issues. “What can we do about it?”

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