Fair and Just Courts

White House Puts Politics First, Constitution Last With Appalling Recess Appointment Of Bill Pryor

Extremist Nominee Named to Appeals Court Despite Intense Opposition in Senate

Latest Judicial Nominee Takes Aim at Government's Ability to Protect Rights of All Americans and our Natural Resources

Mining, coal and cattle industry lobbyist William G. Myers III is President Bush’s latest nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Myers has amassed an incredible record of promoting environmental degradation and harm to the interests of Native Americans, both from his position as an industry lobbyist and from a short stint as solicitor for the Bush Administration Department of the Interior.

PFAW Report on William G. Myers III

Mining, coal and cattle industry lobbyist William G. Myers III is President Bush’s latest nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Myers has amassed an incredible record of promoting environmental degradation and harm to the interests of Native Americans, both from his position as an industry lobbyist and from a short stint as solicitor for the Bush Administration Department of the Interior.

PFAW Foundation Documents Disturbing Decisions by Bush Judges

As the Senate returns to Washington to resume consideration of President Bush’s nominees to federal appeals courts, a new report by People For the American Way Foundation tracks early decisions and dissents of Bush Administration judges already serving on the federal appeals courts. The first wide-ranging report on these judges uncovers “deeply disturbing” trends — including denial of workplace protections against discrimination, a willingness to curb individual rights, and efforts to curtail Congress’s ability to protect the rights and interests of all Americans.

Confirmed Judges Confirm Our Worst Fears

This report shows that many of the George W. Bush's nominees that have already been confirmed to lifetime seats on the federal judiciary threaten the rights of ordinary Americans.

Neas Calls Pickering Recess Appointment 'Absolutely Outrageous'

On January 16, 2004, President Bush installed Charles Pickering, Jr. of Mississippi on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals using a recess appointment.

Neas: GOP Strategy "Backfired"

As the U.S. Senate ended its marathon debate over judicial nominees, Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way, had the following statement:

“The Republican strategy backfired. They wanted sympathy, but their theatrics generated only ridicule. They wanted to demoralize the Democrats, but in the end they energized the Democrats, and fostered even greater solidarity.

Neas: What You Didn't Hear

The Senate has confirmed 168 of President Bush’s nominees, and just four have been blocked.

We Need a Judicial Debate that is Really About the Judiciary

While right-wing operatives fill the airways with false information about the Senate’s filibuster of a few extreme judicial nominees, Senate Republican leaders have stepped up partisan politicking, scheduling a 30-hour debate on three controversial nominees. PFAW is encouraging senators to hold the line against dangerous judges.

“Meet the New Vote, Same as the Old Vote”

GOP Schedules Second Pryor Cloture Vote,
Neas Charges Politics

Analysis: Brown's Hearing Reinforces Case Against Her Extreme Views on Civil Rights and Access to Justice

“Under questioning in the Judiciary Committee, Judge Brown demonstrated again her lack of regard for the basic legal principles that protect our civil rights and liberties. She stood by past statements and rulings that show her to be far out of the mainstream of American legal thought. In her dissents on the California Supreme Court, she has injected her ultra-conservative views into cases involving the rights of consumers, workers and victims of discrimination,” said Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way.

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