Fair and Just Courts

Bush Judges Confirm Opponents' Fears

Federal appeals court judges nominated by President Bush are threatening and undermining Americans’ rights and liberties, and working to reduce congressional authority to protect those rights and liberties, according to a legal analysis published today by People For the American Way Foundation.

New Report Details Shortcomings and Disturbing Background of 'Unqualified' Nominee Michael Wallace

Washington, DC—People For the American Way and Alliance for Justice today released a new report analyzing the record of Michael Wallace, whose nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is expected to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly. The report details Mr. Wallace’s record, including his tenure on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, as an aide to Senator Trent Lott, and his published writings.

Supreme Court Shifts Right, Kennedy Moderates Impact of Roberts & Alito

Next Year’s Cases Could Signal Acceleration of Ultraconservative Trend

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first term under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated a clear rightward shift on key constitutional principles and other issues, and the cases accepted by the Court for next year’s term could accelerate the trend. Justice Anthony Kennedy emerged as a conservative swing vote, often joining his ultraconservative colleagues while sometimes preventing them from putting even more extreme positions into law.

Heading into Second Hearing, Burden Is on Kavanaugh

In advance of the second Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas had the following statement:

“Brett Kavanaugh will go into tomorrow’s hearing with deficits in several key areas. He has no judicial experience, he has a long track record as a partisan and ideological legal hit man, and he has not yet disclosed the information or provided the responses to questions that senators need to properly evaluate his nomination.

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