I have serious concerns about the nomination of John "Jack" McConnell to a seat on the federal district court for RI. I understand his nomination is payback for polticial support, as these judgeships can be, Democrat or Republican, but that's not the issue that bugs me about him. Here's my concern: Is it good policy to put a high profile trial lawyer on the federal bench? McConnell is well known for his work on the landmark tobacco settlement case, and he was also involved in the misguided attempt here in RI to sue paint manufacturers over lead paint. That case imploded before the RI Supreme Court and the Attorney General's office looked foolish over it.
Let me pose this question in light of McConnell's trial lawyer record: How would a business feel being a defendent in a case before Judge McConnell?