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.
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.
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.
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.
“Brett Kavanaugh will go into tomorrow’s hearing with deficits in several key areas. He has no judicial experience, he has a long track record as a partisan and ideological legal hit man, and he has not yet disclosed the information or provided the responses to questions that senators need to properly evaluate his nomination.