Is this why Dean Heller doesn’t like Elissa Cadish?

Ever since U.S. Sen. Dean Heller announced his mysterious opposition to the nomination of District Court Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench, rumors have swirled that it had something to do with her opposition to gun rights. Heller’s office has steadfastly refused to comment on the matter, beyond a bland statement about working with Sen. Harry Reid to fill judicial vacancies in Nevada.

Now I’ve obtained a questionnaire Cadish submitted to the Citizens for Responsible Government in 2008 that might be the source of Heller’s objections. In response to the question, “Do you believe the individual citizen has a constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Cadish writes:

I do not believe that there is this constitutional right. Thus, I believe that reasonable restrictions may be imposed on gun ownership in the interest of public safety. Of course, I will enforce the laws as they exist as a judge.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller 2008 that the Second Amendment to the Constitution does provide an individual right to bear arms in federal jurisdictions. In the 2010 case of McDonald v. Chicago, the court said that individual right applied to states as well.

It’s not entirely clear if Cadish’s answer to this questionnaire is the basis for Heller’s refusal to support her nomination. I asked Heller’s spokesman via e-mail this week if the senator believes he owes his constituents—to say nothing of Cadish—an explanation for his position. That e-mail has not been returned.

Reid, who suggested Cadish to President Obama, has urged Heller to reconsider his position.

Elsewhere in the questionnaire, Cadish answers other conservative hot-button issues with dexterity. Asked her views about eminent domain, Cadish responds that “Under the Constitution, the government can take property for public purposes so long as fair compensation is paid. I believe in enforcing this provision.” (That’s nearly a word-for-word recitation of the words of the Fifth Amendment, which allows for eminent domain.)

Asked about the proper role of government and the courts in regard to protecting “the life of the preborn,” the handicapped and the elderly, Cadish replies, “The role of the courts is to enforce the Constitution and laws as they exist. It is for the Legislature to make any appropriate changes to the law. There are laws in place to protect those groups and imposing civil penalties and well as, in some cases, criminal penalties.”

Of course, the law as it exists (under 1973′s Roe v. Wade decision) is that “preborn” people in the first trimester of pregnancy have no rights to life.

Asked about “administrative traffic stops for purposes such as checking seat belts or ‘papers,’” Cadish writes, “I have not analyzed it under applicable Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, but I do not have a problem with such stops as long as they are used across the board and not an end run around the need for a search warrant for another matter.”

Cadish—who was appointed to the District Court bench in 2007 and won election to the seat in 2008—was rated “unanimously qualified” for the federal bench by the American Bar Association. And while the “senatorial privilege” of suggesting judicial nominees belongs to the senior senator of the same political party as the president, the nomination cannot be sent  to the floor unless both senators from the would-be judge’s home state sign off on the choice. That means Heller’s continued opposition would doom Cadish’s nomination.

By the way, the seat to which she has been nominated has been declared a “judicial emergency” by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

UPDATE: Cadish, through a court employee, declined to comment on the questionnaire this afternoon. In addition, Heller’s office declined to comment on whether the answer was the reason for his opposition to Cadish’s nomination.

 

 

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11 Responses to “Is this why Dean Heller doesn’t like Elissa Cadish?”

  1. Nancy Kuhns says:

    So, we have a judicial emegency and the appointed senator feels like playing games. GREAT. So a highly qualified judge (and a nice lady) is subjected to rumor and innuendo and the citizens of Nevada get screwed. Great. The ultimate Lose-Lose proposition.

  2. Chandler Chandler says:

    Judge Cadish deserves to be appointed. End of sentence, period.

    Appointed Senator Heller needs to get behind a fine candidate. His towing the party line is contrary to the needs of the state of Nevada

  3. Nancy: I would gently suggest this is neither rumor nor innuendo; I have the questionnaire in my possession, and she did say what I reported she said on it. Moreover, she declined a chance to comment on it when I called her chambers earlier. These are facts. We may disagree as to whether this answer is disqualifying to a judicial nomination, but we can no longer disagree as to the fact that it exists.

  4. Steve says:

    Good digging. Is that questionnaire available online?

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  7. Zissa Ramani says:

    You see when you commit hate crimes against US Naval families from the Pentagon. Hide lie on-sworn oaths for your religious Organizations as she did -then support rape crimes race religious Investigations corruptions that get registered in your life even when you try to commit corruption to hide it Oh yes it does comes around later in different ways.

    You might win for the battle but never the war against us. More to arrive. ..

    Greetings

  8. Zissa Ramani says:

    Nevada now has many USS LIBERTY families living in Nevada Never forget that . ….. She is a racist child abuser a rapist supporter that remains on her record for ever before the world.

  9. Fatimah Sissy Blue says:

    Just amazing how you helped Russian Chabad lie on our family after my sister was raped on life support had 4 surgeries to live had to learn to walk again. Our military family you terrorized influencing back door Judges talk but lies to win —threw fraud covering up corruption crimes due to your racial white supremacy hate laws you follow–persecuting wheel chair children who are terrorized by the racist Zionist “new convert majority” Jewish community in the State of Nevada Las Vegas mainly. Those corrupted 2 hundred thousand dollars liens filed on the sick child in hiding at Clark County Recorders persecuting a sick child due to his race origin of name Islamic. Just because the families come from the association of The US LIBERTY. You people need arrested tried for Treason hate/war crimes violating your own CANON Laws destroying the Judicial system inside the USA..

    You people are corrupted racist liars who do violate The US Constitution even murder for your own racial hate laws and Terrorist Organizations working against America our way of freedom justice and life.

    ALLEN MERLE BLUE

    September 5, 1943 – June 8, 1967
    There could have been a light rain falling that morning, or the sun could have been waiting to burst on the scene. Such was the weather pattern in Yakima, Washington, and on the morning of September 5th, 1943, there was no difference. A ray of sunlight was evident when Allen M. Blue was born and a new life began.
    Allen was first born of four children. He, along with his brother and two sisters, grew up in Spokane, Washington where, at a young age, he displayed unusual curiosity. His enthusiasm propelled his interests in many directions. That childlike quality better prepared him for life in the 50′s.

    Allen was the “leader of the pack” and his optimistic approach to life and his valuable sense of humor was a guide that helped mold the lives of his siblings. If all else failed in his life, he could have found solace as a comedian.

    Art, Science, landscape architecture, law…all these things, new to him, were a challenge that he accepted. He was an excellent student who was gifted. He maintained high grades with minimum effort. There is little doubt that Allen would have reveled in the wonders of the high tech computer age of the 80′s.

    Allen graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1961 and enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to “A” school at the Army Language School in Monterey, California. He completed his military obligation and was discharged from the Navy. His interest in continuing education brought him to the University of Maryland. While pursuing a degree, he realized his language background qualified him for employment with the National Security Agency (NSA). He took a civilian position in the hopes of continuing his quest to become successful in life while serving the best interests of his country.

  10. Fatimah Sissy Blue says:

    Oh he suffered. You people are wicked racist care noting for the United States of America-The Red, White and Blue- or the Constitution you proved it more than once. You hate us take advantage of our kind loving sharing ways.

    Birth: Sep. 5, 1943
    Yakima
    Yakima County
    Washington, USA
    Death: Jun. 8, 1967

    Crewman on the U.S.S. Liberty that was killed when the ship was attacked by Israeli warplanes and gun boats on June 8, 1967.

    Cause of death: Killed in attack of the USS Liberty

    Burial:
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Arlington
    Arlington County
    Virginia, USA
    Plot: Section 48 lot 745 map grid T/24

    Maintained by: Find A Grave
    Record added: May 28, 2001
    Find A Grave Memorial# 22538

  11. zissa Ramani says:

    She is a racist who obtained her position threw corruption and hate crimes committed against our family. After-her friend raped me terrorized my United States Naval family family then they sent Homeland Security to my home to rape a rape victim. Ordered by the man who put her in office Elissa F. Cadish. Department Six. Eighth Judicial District Court … appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons . …