First health care judge a Bush appointee

A Virginia judge who has been assigned to the state’s law suit against Obamacare and is likely to be one of the first to hear arguments against the new health care bill was elevated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2002. This could mean nothing, I mean, let’s not forget about Harriet Miers, Bush’s original choice for the Supreme Court that every conservative hated. But then again, we can’t ignore the choices of Justice Samuel Alito or Chief Justice Roberts either.

Judge Henry E. Hudson sits on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. (This is the same guy who tried the Michael Vick dog fighting case). According to ESPN, he was the chairman of a pornography study commission appointed by President Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Edwin Meese, and the director of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Hudson’s 2,000-page report on pornography became known as “Uncle Sam’s Dirty Book,” and was a best seller for the U.S. Government Printing Office at $53 per copy.


Hudson’s fellow Republicans are in awe of his approach. U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, who orchestrated the Major League Baseball steroid hearings that starred Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro, calls Hudson a “by-the-book guy.”

This guy wrote a memoir detailing his career from Deputy Sheriff to the Marshal’s service to Prosecutor to the Federal Bench. It doesn’t mean anything really in how the case will go, except that we aren’t looking at a Clinton appointed leftee who we could predict a bad outcome from the get go. Hopefully it means he’ll be fair, and at least in Virginia the first court battle over this health care debacle won’t be a let down for conservatives.