Donald Trump eyes a Georgia judge as a Supreme Court contender

July 19, 2012 - Atlanta - Gov. Nathan Deal swore in the state's newest member of the Georgia Supreme Court -- Keith Blackwell -- in a ceremony in the House chambers at the Capitol. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Gov. Nathan Deal swears in Keith Blackwell in 2012.  BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Republican Donald Trump released an expanded list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees on Friday that includes the name of a conservative Georgia jurist.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Keith Blackwell is on the New York businessman’s updated list of High Court contenders that also includes U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, an outspoken Trump critic, and Federico Moreno, one of the first Hispanic judges appointed to the federal bench in Florida.

Blackwell, a former Cobb County prosecutor and state Court of Appeals judge, was tapped to the state’s top bench in 2012 by Gov. Nathan Deal. He is Deal’s only appointee to the Georgia Supreme Court, though the governor is set to make three new appointments to the newly-expanded bench this year and at least one more before his term ends in 2019.

Candidates don’t typically release a short-list of potential Supreme Court bench, but Trump unveiled an initial list that included the names of 11 finalists in May as he tried to calm concerns as he tried to calm concerns that he wouldn’t select conservative jurists to the bench.

The expanded group that includes Blackwell and nine other names was released Friday and Trump called it a “definitive” list he would use to tap a nominee. He said conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society, helped his campaign come up with the potential picks.

The fate of the U.S. Supreme Court has become a campaign mainstay of Trump in the final stretch before the election. Trump has frequently reminded his Republican critics who are gravitating toward Hillary Clinton or considering sitting out the race that the makeup of the Supreme Court is on the line, and even some of his most ardent skeptics in Georgia say they are backing him primarily because they are worried about the judiciary’s future. 

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Judy Snyder
Judy Snyder

Do NOT vote trump/pence! trump ... THE MOST DANGEROUS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

Vilda Stone Brannen
Vilda Stone Brannen

Trump will release the names of his potential nominations to the Supreme Court, but fails to release his tax returns.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Maybe he should wait to see if America is really crazy and elects him.

Evelyn Luke
Evelyn Luke

Trumps smart and will elect the best cabinet and judge

Theressa Loyd
Theressa Loyd

These ignorant Trump supporters have no reasonings behind their support of him besides... "He tells it like it is! He's not a politician. He's not politically correct. He doesn't give a SH;T!" That's the ignorant type of guy you want to run this Country? You have a choice people! Anyone who supports Trump clearly is a racist bigot! And has come out of hiding because Trump is their VOICE! But low and behold. We've seen you! But now we REALLY SEE YOU!\U0001f440

Mollie Patrick
Mollie Patrick

Just another scheme to get Ga voters! Vote all BLUE in Nov elections!

Valerie Hall
Valerie Hall

Another racist crook all we need. No way

Eliana Jofre de Alvarez-Donis
Eliana Jofre de Alvarez-Donis

\U0001f644 of course buying Georgia votes "vetting" a supposed nominee, then he'll drop it like is hot, after the elections...

Stephen Chance
Stephen Chance

Time out. I am a supporter of HRC. I am a trial lawyer in Georgia. I know Justice Blackwell. He is a brilliant jurist and a real human being. This is the first and only thing I have heard from the Trump campaign that I understand. Please don't tarnish a great man with Trump colored paint. Justice Blackwell does not deserve that, but he does deserve the appointment.

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

No surprise. There are a lot of good men in Georgia that both believe in and will fight to defend our US Constitution. So Trump finding that kind of Judge in Georgia is no surprise.

Erika Herrin
Erika Herrin

Please dont make the Ga people look stupid, Ga is a Red State, Bible Belt, not murdering State,

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Lisa Howell, tell me what is wrong with liberal and socialism? I doubt you understand what they really mean. By the way,nobody shove down your thoat. You are over estimating yourself.

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

It is already stupid. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupidity.

Lisa Howell
Lisa Howell

Tracy Bumgarner No... It is NOT stupid... I'm a Georgian, I'm not stupid & most things CAN be fixed... What you can't fix is all this liberal, socialist\U0001f4a9!! Being SHOVED down everyone's throat!!!

David Sipe
David Sipe

GA, AL, MS, SC all carry the heritage of the sinful plantation slavery of the past. For many generations in the post civil war era those same powerful families became legislators and business leaders; supporting Jim Crow laws, segregation, and prison labor (another form of slavery). It wasn't that long ago that George Wallace stood on the steps of the state university refusing black students entry. The klansmen became law enforcement officials. Get real with recent history people; our country needs to atone for it's past, especially in the so called Bible Belt southern Dixie land. Where the so called Christians behave in ways that Christ would frown upon.

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

Clinton is a nut she would with every intent nuke any nation she hates.shes appointed left wing extremest with radical views.shes totally under mined social security Medicaid and other programs and borrowed billions of dollars she took from other programs that were meant for the American people.she has divided America in race and culture shown disrespect towards the police advocated violence towards the police encouraged race riots looting burning of the inner cities put together an illegal email server told by head of state department to take it down she refused she sent and received thousands of documents marked classified or top secret documents.allowed the united States ambassador to Libya and his staff to be murdered by Islamic radical terrorist.and deny they were terrorist saying it's an isolated incident which was a lie.allowed terrorist to attack California and allowed bombings in new York and stabbings in new Jersey.allowed domestic terrorist run all thru America attack the bill of rights attacked the constitution attacked the NRA saying and making comments she will rewrite the 2nd amendment. Shes put our lives in danger weaker America's security cut the military in half put together failed policys education,healthcare border protection protection of our sea ports a failed economic plan a failed industrial plan a failed technological plan allowed big business to leave the united States failed to create jobs we are no longer the Masters if our own house we are no longer the leaders in the industrial age no longer the leaders in the technological age gas company's allowed to rig the price of oil and gas every time they have a weak of one of their pipe lines a fail electrical grid that is over 50 years old and still has not been upgraded.she has failed us on every level of the ladder

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

I think you need to watch less faux news an more PBS News Hour.

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

I'm sure he is racist...or he would not have been picked

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Amy Parks this was Ms Harths allegations... There was no suit.... Read before you post

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

You probably still believe Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim lmfao Kip Casteel

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Amy Parks this was filed and nothing proven

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

It's not just the Huffington post, it's the ny times, and others. Oh yeah the media is against poor little trump. They all just lie on him because they have nothing else to do. If you would have actually read these articles you would know they contain supporting facts, not just opinions. Kip Casteel go ahead and vote for a rapist. I hope you sleep well afterwards.

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

You keep saying all over this site Amy Parks that Trumps racist and a rapist... Please post something that supports your accusations or SHUT UP....

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Kip Casteel you want more? I have more. ..

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Amy Parks this is huffingtons post opinions just as they are yours

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Stands behind claims.... Ohhhhh myyyyyy Goddd it's on the Internet.. It must be true... LMAO... GET SOME FACTS

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Ok let me post the actual court documents. There's not many because he always pays people off to settle the case resulting in sealed documents. 3 different woman have put charges against him 3 different times...2 of them b4 he ever ran for president.

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Also I'm sure you don't want me to post actual facts on Hillary as everyone on here already has seen and heard facts come out about her and more just keep pouring out.... WOW WHAT A WASTE OF YOUR VOTE.. But hey that's your right as a citizen...

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

This post won't let me post pictures, but the restraining order & other documents are out there. It's public records in case you didn't know.

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Kip Casteel by all means post them. I hope you are not talking about the stupid witch hunt or emails. That dog is dead. No evidence of any wrong doing. No court documents to support that, so what else you got?

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Trump is stealing from his foundation, the Clinton foundation has 5 stars and the Clinton's do not receive one dime of the donors money, trump pays his lawsuits off with the money people donated to him for charity! !

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

& he has paid himself over 7 million from his campaign lol send him some more dummies

Kip Casteel
Kip Casteel

Amy Parks it's no use in me trying to talk with you... You love Hillary with her private graveyards,,Government theft,, and stealing of citizens money.. Nothing she could do would be bad enough in your eyes not to vote for her because it's evident you hate Donald Trump who's already rich and don't have to put his life at risk here or deal with all this drama for free... He refused to even be payed... Is he perfect???? Absolutely not.. But he's obviously the best choice of the two...

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Kip Casteel how do you know he is rich?? We have yet to see his taxes. Do you believe everything people tell you? He put many small business owners out of business because he did not want to pay them. What good business man do you know that doesn't pay his bills and files bankruptcy 6 times? ? When did that make a person a good business man? ?

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Google "paint spot" & see for yourself. There are many victims of the trump empire. Too many to count. Not to mention trump university racketeering. Wow

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

& you probably voted for bush...

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Excellent news and Trump will be a great president

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

The governor who is responsible for the water poisoning in flint is just like trump. A business man with no political experience. Let that sink in...

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Amy Parks he didn't file bankruptcy you are stupid

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Amy Parks flint is responsible for the water. Trump runs 515 worldwide businesses. Open 5 new properties in 2016. You are a moron

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Steve Morris no a moron is calling someone who doesn't pay his bills and files bankruptcy 6 times a good business man!!! Dumbass

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Steve Morris educate yourself about flint because you are wrong...dumbass