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Experts: Choice for Supreme Court Justice is Wide Open


President Bush must once again consider Supreme Court nominees with legal experts suggesting the field is wide open following Thursday's withdrawal of Harriet Miers.

Following an avalanche of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Ms. Miers withdrew her nomination to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the bench. Some lawmakers roundly criticized her lack of judicial experience while others questioned her credentials as a conservative. There were also disputes regarding access to documents related to her service as White House counsel.

President Bush has vowed to choose a a new nominee in what he called "a timely manner" while Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is urging the President to take time and consult with the Senate. Some senators want the president to nominate a woman to replace Justice O'Connor, who will remain on the bench until her replacement is approved.

Others suggest the nominee should be a strict constitutional conservative, a minority candidate or a veteran federal appeals court judge.

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