Fair and Just Courts

Public Wins! Senate Filibusters Owen

PFAW applauds the Senators who stopped the Bush administration's attempt to force right-wing judicial activist Priscilla Owen onto the federal appeals court. PFAW activists and members had urged Senators to take a stand to deny the Texas Supreme Court Justice a powerful lifetime job on the appeals court.

Senate Approves Extremist Bush Nominee Jeffrey Sutton for Lifetime Seat on Powerful Appeals Court

The U.S. Senate has confirmed states’ rights extremist Jeffrey Sutton to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. This nomination was confirmed despite the valiant efforts of Sen. Tom Harkin and a number of other senators, and in spite of intense opposition to the nominee from advocates for people with disabilities and public interest groups concerned about Sutton’s impact on civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, and a range of other issues affecting Americans’ daily lives.

The Importance of Selective Filibusters Against Bush’s Court-Packing Plan

With the recent nomination of William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Bush administration has clearly signaled that it will continue to nominate far-right ideologues for crucial appeals court seats rather than engage in the kind of consultation and compromise that would result in the nomination of more moderate nominees that could win significant bipartisan support

Pryor Appeals Court Nomination Continues Pattern of Divisive Far-Right Judicial Nominees

PFAW President Ralph G. Neas called the nomination of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit “extremely troubling” and said it was “an unfortunate continuation of this administration’s efforts to pack the appeals courts with divisive far-right nominees.”

Carolyn Kuhl: Blocking the Path to Justice

The record of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Bush, demonstrates that her confirmation would pose a grave threat to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans. Kuhl’s record throughout her career as a lawyer and a judge, reflects hostility to women’s rights and reproductive freedom, other civil rights and access to justice.

Opposing Carolyn Kuhl's Confirmation

President Bush’s nomination of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has generated significant controversy, concern, and opposition. As reflected in this report, throughout her legal career and in landmark cases dealing with such issues as reproductive freedom and privacy, sexual harassment, civil rights, and access to justice, Kuhl has followed a legal philosophy harmful to the rights and interests of ordinary Americans.

Opposing Carolyn Kuhl's Confirmation

As noted above, from 1981-1986, Kuhl served the Reagan Administration in the Department of Justice, first as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, then as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and then as Deputy Solicitor General. As Kuhl’s record and the nature of her positions in the Department of Justice reflect, Kuhl was more than a “hired gun” for a client. To the contrary, she had left private practice to enlist in what her former boss, then-Solicitor General Charles Fried, called the “Reagan Revolution,” one front of which, according to Fried, was a “battle .

Opposing Carolyn Kuhl's Confirmation

Although she has not been as directly involved in other civil rights issues as she was during the Reagan Administration, two articles concerning employment discrimination that Kuhl authored when she was in private practice raise serious concerns about her philosophy toward protecting employees from non-merit based employment decisions as well as remedying discrimination. In one, Kuhl made clear that she is opposed to affirmative action, which she called “a divisive societal manipulation.” (Ashkenazy v. Liu, No. BC 149503).

Opposing Carolyn Kuhl's Confirmation

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