Fair and Just Courts

Senate Insider Griffith Gets Judiciary Committee OK

Committee advances nominee who practices law without a license

Attorney Thomas Griffith’s troubling record and serious ethical lapses – including practicing law with a suspended license in the District of Columbia and practicing law in Utah with no license at all – were not sufficient to prevent approval of his nomination on a 14-4 Senate Judiciary Committee vote today. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said Griffith’s status as a former Senate insider explains the strength of his support.

Mr. Smith Goes Back to Washington

Famous Film Filibuster Invoked to Save the Real Thing in Multi-Million-Dollar Ad Campaign

The legendary image of Senator Jefferson Smith launching a film filibuster in the U.S. Senate opens a multi-million-dollar ad campaign aimed at saving the real thing – a crucial element of the Senate’s more than 200-year old system of checks and balances.

Constitution on the Brink: Update on Emergency Campaign to Save the Filibuster and the Supreme Court

TO: Journalists
FR: Ralph G. Neas, President, People For the American Way and PFAWF

Myers Narrowly Approved by Judiciary Committee

Extremely troubling nominee pushed in face of intense opposition, reflects GOP strategy to provoke filibusters in search of excuse for going 'nuclear'

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee William G. Myers III, whose nomination to a lifetime position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit was blocked in the Senate last year, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a party-line vote.

Griffith: Round Two for Unfit Judicial Nominee

PFAW: First confirmation hearing strengthened case against lawyer who practices without a license, is hostile toward Title IX anti-discrimination provisions

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a second confirmation hearing for D.C. Circuit nominee Thomas Griffith, a Utah attorney who received a barely passing grade from the American Bar Association and whose confirmation has been opposed by Utah's largest newspaper.

New Report: Federal Judge Terrence Boyle Unfit for Promotion to Court of Appeals

Boyle as Federal Judge: High Reversal Rate, Troubling Record on Individual Rights

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.

Bush Re-Submits Ultra-Conservative Nominees; PFAW Releases Nominee-by-Nominee Summary

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.

Resources for Journalists, Coalition Partners, Public Officials, and Activists

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:

  • Courting Disaster, PFAWF’s regularly updated analysis of the more than 100 Supreme Court precedents that would be overturned if the far rights succeeds in its stated goal of having more justices on the Court in the mold of Justices Thomas and Scalia;
  • George W. Bush’s Winter Surprise – a New Supreme Court?

    An Edit Memo from Ralph G. Neas

    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!”

    Report Examines Decisions by Bush Judges in 2004

    Bush Appointees to the Federal Appeals Court Often Seek to Restrict Individual Rights, Access to Justice, and Congressional Authority

    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.

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