Fair and Just Courts

Carolyn Kuhl’s Hearing Strengthened the Case Against Her Confirmation

Introduction

Even before the April 1, 2003 hearing on Carolyn Kuhl’s nomination by President Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, significant opposition to Kuhl’s confirmation had arisen because of her troubling record as a lawyer and judge. Throughout her career — as a lawyer in the Reagan Administration Justice Department, in private practice, and as a state judge — Kuhl has followed a legal philosophy harmful to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans.

GOP Leaders Refuted by Their Own Briefing Book on Nuclear Option

PFAWF Analysis of The Constitutional Option to Change Senate Rules and Procedures

According to published reports, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist intends to push the button on the “nuclear option” to eliminate judicial filibusters within the next four to eight weeks.

Palin Remarks Distract from McCain Plan for Supreme Court

In response to Sarah Palin's remarks concerning the Supreme Court on Wednesday's episode of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

McCain Backers Use Supreme Court as Excuse for Cynical Hatchet Job

PFAW's Kolbert: We need a conversation about the Court and the Constitution, not more sleaze from the smearmongers of the Right

The Judicial Confirmation Network, a group of right-wing activists that mobilized support for the Bush administration's efforts to impose its political agenda on the federal judiciary, has launched a mud-slinging ad campaign that is ostensibly about the Supreme Court but does nothing to address the issues at stake for all Americans in the future of the judiciary.

Inspector General's Report Exposes Wrongdoing at DOJ

Responding to the Inspector General's report detailing the inappropriate actions surrounding the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2005, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement: "This report reemphasizes just how much the Department of Justice was allowed to decay under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Dedicated United States attorneys were shoved aside simply to further the political aims of the Bush Administration. That is as unacceptable today as it ever was."

Ads Focus Spotlight on Fair Pay, Supreme Court

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate Americans about the importance of the Supreme Court , the People For the American Way Action Fund today announced a series of ads focusing attention on the confirmation of Samuel Alito and its impact on fair pay for women. The ads, which are now airing, urge Americans to demand fair minded jurists and oppose judicial nominees who obstruct equal pay for women.

The State of the Judiciary and the Bush Legacy

A report about the how the long-lasting part of President George W. Bush's legacy will be the weakening of Americans' rights and legal protections due to the dangerous state of the federal judiciary created by judges he has placed on the federal bench.

Report: McCain-Bush Judges Take a Toll on Ordinary Americans

As part of its Supreme Court campaign, People For the American Way cites a report released today by its affiliated Foundation titled The Human Toll: How Individual Americans Have Fared at the Hands of Bush Judges. The report collects some of the stories of American men, women, and children whose cases have come before judges nominated by George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. "George Bush's judges have done irreparable harm to real people in our nation," said People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert, who also pointed out that John McCain has supported 100% of Bush's judicial nominees. "President Bush has largely succeeded in reshaping the judiciary in his own image, and he's had the support of John McCain every step of the way."

McCain Brags about His Support of Bush Judges

In response to a question today in Lima, OH, Senator John McCain turned the subject to the Supreme Court and bragged about his support of George W. Bush's nominees to the Supreme Court. In response, People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert said, "It's clear that John McCain is trying to polish his anti-choice credentials by highlighting his support for George W. Bush's judges."

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Hold Rove in Contempt

The House Judiciary Committee today voted to hold Karl Rove in Contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the committee. In response, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert said, "I applaud the House Judiciary Committee for standing up for the rule of law. Ordinary Americans don’t get to pick and choose which subpoenas they comply with and neither does Karl Rove."

People For the American Way Joins Brave New Films to Deliver more than 125,000 Signatures Urging Congress to Hold Rove in Contempt

People For the American Way Press Secretary Drew Courtney joins Brave New Films and other activists to deliver 127,000 petition signers urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold Karl Rove in contempt for refusing to answer its subpoena. Courtney said, "For the last 25 years, People For the American Way has been fighting for the principle that the law applies equally to all people. Today, I’m proud to be joined by 127,000 people who want to put that theory into practice."

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