Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Judge Luttig resigns from 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

I had to do a double take on this story since Luttig's name was so often tossed around for one of Dubya's SCOTUS nominations...

MAY. 10 1:16 P.M. ET - Judge J. Michael Luttig resigned Wednesday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to accept a job as senior vice president and general counsel for Boeing Co.

Luttig, a conservative judge, had been named to the federal bench former President Bush in 1991 and mentioned last year as a possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This opportunity just came out of the blue," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his Northern Virginia court chambers. "I was not looking to leave the court, and did not expect to leave the court. After considering it, it seemed an opportunity we could not forego."

Allahpundit at Hot Air posted the notion that Luttig wouldn't get any further nominations because Bush had filled his "white male" quota. A sad statement, but unfortunately, most likely true. To bad we don't live in a country were the job goes to the most qualified person...