Fair and Just Courts

PFAW Report on William G. Myers III

Mining, coal and cattle industry lobbyist William G. Myers III is President Bush’s latest nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Myers has amassed an incredible record of promoting environmental degradation and harm to the interests of Native Americans, both from his position as an industry lobbyist and from a short stint as solicitor for the Bush Administration Department of the Interior.

PFAW Foundation Documents Disturbing Decisions by Bush Judges

As the Senate returns to Washington to resume consideration of President Bush’s nominees to federal appeals courts, a new report by People For the American Way Foundation tracks early decisions and dissents of Bush Administration judges already serving on the federal appeals courts. The first wide-ranging report on these judges uncovers “deeply disturbing” trends — including denial of workplace protections against discrimination, a willingness to curb individual rights, and efforts to curtail Congress’s ability to protect the rights and interests of all Americans.

Confirmed Judges Confirm Our Worst Fears

This report shows that many of the George W. Bush's nominees that have already been confirmed to lifetime seats on the federal judiciary threaten the rights of ordinary Americans.

Neas Calls Pickering Recess Appointment 'Absolutely Outrageous'

On January 16, 2004, President Bush installed Charles Pickering, Jr. of Mississippi on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals using a recess appointment.

Neas: GOP Strategy "Backfired"

As the U.S. Senate ended its marathon debate over judicial nominees, Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way, had the following statement:

“The Republican strategy backfired. They wanted sympathy, but their theatrics generated only ridicule. They wanted to demoralize the Democrats, but in the end they energized the Democrats, and fostered even greater solidarity.

Neas: What You Didn't Hear

The Senate has confirmed 168 of President Bush’s nominees, and just four have been blocked.

We Need a Judicial Debate that is Really About the Judiciary

While right-wing operatives fill the airways with false information about the Senate’s filibuster of a few extreme judicial nominees, Senate Republican leaders have stepped up partisan politicking, scheduling a 30-hour debate on three controversial nominees. PFAW is encouraging senators to hold the line against dangerous judges.

“Meet the New Vote, Same as the Old Vote”

GOP Schedules Second Pryor Cloture Vote,
Neas Charges Politics

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