Fair and Just Courts

The Future of the Supreme Court as an Issue in the Presidential Election

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.

Coming Soon to NY and DC: Revival of GOP’s ‘Obstructionism’ Melodrama

Don't be surprised when this tired and baseless claim rears its ugly head at the GOP convention
At the Republican convention next week and on the Senate floor in September, GOP officials are expected to turn up the volume on their frequently repeated charge that President Bush’s judicial nominees are being unfairly held up by Senate Democrats’ “obstructionism.” Repeating this demonstrably false charge is a cynical campaign tactic for the Bush reelection team, and one that doesn't hold much water after a quick look at the numbers: 198 judges confirmed vs. 10 filibustered.

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Gop Turns Senate into Bush Campaign Auxiliary on Judges

Senate Republican leaders plan to stage a series of cloture votes and a Judiciary Committee vote on four controversial judicial nominees on Thursday. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said the votes demonstrated GOP leaders’ willingness to run roughshod over Senate rules and traditions in order to satisfy the demands of President Bush’s campaign strategy.

Partisan Push Advances Appeals Court Nominees McKeague and Griffin

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted along party lines to advance the controversial nominations of David McKeague and Richard Griffin of Michigan to the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Senate Blocks Unfit Judicial Nominee William Myers

Senate Republican leaders failed today in an effort to force a final Senate vote on appeals court nominee William Myers, an underqualified ideologue whose nomination has created intense controversy, including opposition by some environmental protection advocates and Native American organizations who have never before opposed a federal judicial nominee.

William Myers: Unfit Judicial Nominee Pushed by Gop Leaders Despite Unprecedented Opposition

Senate Republican leaders have scheduled a July 20 cloture vote on the appeals court nomination of William Myers, whose blatant use of his government position to undermine environmental protections and disregard the rights of Indian tribes has drawn unprecedented opposition and widespread editorial denunciation. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said the push to confirm the underqualified ideologue to the federal appeals court reflects Republican leaders’ election-year strategy to manipulate the judicial confirmation process for political gain.

Bush Photo Ops on Courts Miss the Real Picture

President Bush’s campaign-style photo ops with judicial nominees pending in the Senate distort the real picture on federal judicial nominees, said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas today.

Senate Confirms Holmes Nomination to Federal Court

The Senate has confirmed President Bush’s nomination of Leon Holmes to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The nominee’s record of extremism on reproductive choice, the role of women and other issues had generated concern even among some Republican Senators, several of whom voted against Holmes.

Leon Holmes Should Not be Confirmed to Federal Bench

On July 6, the Senate will vote on the federal district court nomination of J. Leon Holmes to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Holmes’ statements and writings reveal that he has been a zealous opponent of reproductive freedom and women’s equality. In fact, Holmes’ record is so troubling that a number of pro-choice Republican senators may be prepared to break the record to date of unanimous Republican support for President Bush’s judicial nominees. Even Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee - usually the most ardent defenders of Bush's nominees - were not unanimous in endorsing Holmes' confirmation. Instead, the nomination went to the floor without recommendation.

Supreme Court’s 2003-2004 Term Crucial to Constitution

The just-completed Supreme Court term was memorable for a number of decisions that protected important civil rights principles and constitutional liberties, according to an end-of-term analysis published today by People For the American Way Foundation. The report also notes that this term slowed the momentum of the Supreme Court’s recent “states’ rights” jurisprudence.

Urgent Need for a National Dialogue on the Future of the Supreme Court

We have recently been reminded of the extraordinary importance of the Supreme Court’s role in protecting Americans’ constitutional rights and liberties. Yet the Court’s role and its future – specifically the powerful influence that people selected to fill future vacancies will exert – receive relatively little media coverage, even in a hotly contested election year when the issues affected by the Court are more likely to generate public interest.

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