Off to Omaha to “swear in” a new Congressman



In a first, at least as I remember it, our court will sit en banc this morning to conduct a ceremonial “swearing-in” ceremony for Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb, the new Congressman from Omaha.  He is also a lawyer.

Are ceremonies like this one a good thing? I don’t know for sure, but I think so. In any event, they seem harmless. Our court has always tried to maintain respectful relations with our Congressional delegation (except when I told Congress to go to hell), and this seems like a natural extension of that respectful relationship. What do you think?

For more on Mr. Ashford see here and here.


4 responses

  1. “except when I told Congress to go to hell”

    Well, sure Mrs. Lincoln, but aside from that, how was the play…


  2. “What do you think?”

    It is helpful for one branch to be respectful of the others. And to tell them “what for” sometimes. “One hand washes the other.”

  3. What a profound waste of judicial resources! Your time would be better spent doing the jobs we pay you to do.

    Judges aren’t overworked. They’re just wasting too much time on everything but their jobs..

  4. Judge:
    I remember decades ago sponsoring the admission of a fellow attorney to the Bar of the Southern District of New York. The presiding judge said that these ceremonies, while seemingly superficial, are important to impress upon people the gravity of the office to which they are about to enter. Likewise, a member of Congress, cynical though he may be, might have the same response. Anyway, we can only hope so.

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