Fair and Just Courts

Judiciary Committee Sends Southwick to the Full Senate

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas released the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and Senator Feinstein have advanced Leslie Southwick’s nomination to a powerful lifetime seat on the Fifth Circuit. It is incomprehensible that someone with such a disturbing legal record is being pushed toward confirmation.

Senate 'Fair Pay Restoration Act' Would Correct the Court on Pay Discrimination

PFAW Launches Ledbetter Web Video and Petition at CorrectTheCourt.com

Senator Edward Kennedy and a bipartisan group of fourteen of his colleagues have introduced the Fair Pay Restoration Act to vastly reduce the damage done by the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire. The sharply divided, 5-4 ruling left many workers who face persistent pay discrimination based on sex, race, religion or nationality with no legal recourse.

Supreme Court Slams Courthouse Doors Shut on Taxpayers in Religious Liberty Case

PFAWF Legal Director Judith E. Schaeffer spoke about Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation at a briefing organized by the American Constitution Society.

Where Is the Senate Outrage over Southwick?

Judicial Nominee Heads for Committee Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote this Thursday on the nomination of former Mississippi Court of Appeals judge Leslie Southwick to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ralph G.

Senators Should Reject Bush’s Latest Nominee to 5th Circuit

President Bush has nominated Leslie Southwick to fill a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Senators Should Reject Bush’s Latest Nominee to 5th Circuit

President Bush has nominated Leslie Southwick to fill a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Haynes, Myers, Boyle and Wallace Withdraw

In response to the announced withdrawal of the nominations of William Haynes, William Myers, and Terrence Boyle and the previous withdrawal of Michael Wallace, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas released the following statement:

“The withdrawal of these nominees recognizes the political reality on Capitol Hill. Extreme, far-right nominees who are out of step with ordinary Americans simply will not be confirmed in the new Senate.

Bush Judges Confirm Opponents' Fears

Federal appeals court judges nominated by President Bush are threatening and undermining Americans’ rights and liberties, and working to reduce congressional authority to protect those rights and liberties, according to a legal analysis published today by People For the American Way Foundation.

New Report Details Shortcomings and Disturbing Background of 'Unqualified' Nominee Michael Wallace

Washington, DC—People For the American Way and Alliance for Justice today released a new report analyzing the record of Michael Wallace, whose nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is expected to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly. The report details Mr. Wallace’s record, including his tenure on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, as an aide to Senator Trent Lott, and his published writings.

Supreme Court Shifts Right, Kennedy Moderates Impact of Roberts & Alito

Next Year’s Cases Could Signal Acceleration of Ultraconservative Trend

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first term under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated a clear rightward shift on key constitutional principles and other issues, and the cases accepted by the Court for next year’s term could accelerate the trend. Justice Anthony Kennedy emerged as a conservative swing vote, often joining his ultraconservative colleagues while sometimes preventing them from putting even more extreme positions into law.

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