The judicial record of appeals court nominee Terrence Boyle is marked by an unusually high percentage of decisions reversed by higher courts and a series of rulings that is damaging to individuals’ ability to have their rights protected in court, according to a detailed report on Boyle’s record released today by People For the American Way, a national civil rights and constitutional liberties organization.
President Bush has re-submitted 12 ultra-conservative nominees for the federal courts of appeals to the Senate, in a move guaranteed to provoke partisan strife. People For the American Way (PFAW) issued a nominee-by-nominee analysis of their records on key issues, and PFAW President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement:
“Today, the President has chosen renewed, bitter partisan warfare on Capitol Hill. The renominations show absolutely no recognition that a deeply divided nation deserves bipartisan consultation over these powerful, lifetime appointments to the federal bench.
In recent years, People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation have issued more than 80 reports and other materials on judicial nominations issues, including:
At a closed-door luncheon in September with high-dollar Republican donors, President Bush bragged that an election victory would give him an opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice shortly after his inauguration, and perhaps three more high-court vacancies during his second term, according to a report in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Gushed one enthusiastic attendee, “Won’t that be amazing? Can you imagine? Four appointments!”
A report from People For the American Way Foundation documents that concerns raised about Bush nominees to the federal appeals courts have been well-founded, as many of those judges now sitting on the bench wrote or joined opinions this year seeking to significantly limit congressional authority, protection of individual rights, and access to justice.
The president elected in November will almost certainly get to name two, three, or even four new Supreme Court justices. With the current Supreme Court closely divided on crucial constitutional issues – a constitutional right to privacy, civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, reproductive rights, separation of church and state, and more – any new justices named by the president and confirmed by the Senate will have an impact on American law and Americans’ lives far beyond the presidential term.