Chief Justice Vacancy on the Backburner?

The deadline for Governor Carcieri to nominate his pick to replace Chief Justice Williams has come and gone.  Pursuant to statute, the governor is allowed 21 days to forward his pick to the general assembly, but it appears that Governor Carcieri is still in the initial stages.

According to the Providence Journal quoting Carcieri’s spokeswoman, Amy Kempe:

The governor will review each contender’s body of work; lengthy application to the JNC; references; and letters of recommendation as part of his deliberations. He will also interview and meet with each; those discussions have not yet been scheduled.

Understandably this is an important position with lifetime tenure, but I open this up to debate as to what political considerations are slowing this process to a halt.

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