In the wake of the conflict, the judiciary adopted reforms internally. None of McDonald's judiciary committee reform bills ever reached a final vote.
For most judges, the constitutionally-required legislative review, which McDonald will face early next year, has typically been brief, perfunctory and deferential.
Hartford appellate lawyer Wesley W. Horton, who is also an historian of the court, commented, "I think Andrew McDonald would do a good job on the court. He asked intelligent and probing questions while he was on the Judiciary Committee, which is one of the things a justice needs to do on the Supreme Court. He's obviously well-qualified."