On a party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee today sent to the Senate floor the nomination of Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The vote came despite Pickering’s well-documented record of hostility toward civil rights, reproductive choice and access to justice and the rejection of his nomination by the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.
As the Supreme Court considers a First Amendment challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law argued in early September, a series of other important cases concerning constitutional and civil liberties will be presented to the Court during its 2003-04 term. A dozen of the more than 35 cases already scheduled for review by the Court beginning in October raise fundamental civil rights and constitutional liberties concerns.
On September 23, 2003, People For the American Way sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee stating its opposition to the confirmation of Judge Charles W. Pickering to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. As the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded last year, Pickering’s troubling record does not warrant his elevation to a lifetime position on the court of appeals.
Statement of PFAW President Ralph G. Neas on the withdrawal of Miguel Estrada, Bush nominee to the federal appeals court in Washington, DC.
California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, one of President Bush’s most recent nominees to the federal appeals court, has a record of ideological extremism and aggressive judicial activism that makes her unfit to serve on the appeals court, according to a an in-depth analysis of her record released today by People For the American Way and the NAACP.
Recent assertions by Sen. Orrin Hatch, Committee for Justice founder C. Boyden Gray, and other Bush administration allies that there was no real filibuster against the Supreme Court nomination of Abe Fortas in 1968 are clearly and demonstrably false.