Fair and Just Courts

Politics and Religion: Everything Old Is New Again

People For the American Way Resurrects 25-year-old Ad for “Justice Sunday”

People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) has updated a 25-year-old ad in the face of increasing attempts to manipulate religion for political gain by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, including his planned appearance as part of “Justice Sunday” and his looming threat to deploy the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster.

Nuclear Countdown: Committee Vote on Previously Rejected Nominees Brings Senate One Step Closer to Frist's Fiasco

The Senate Judiciary Committee today set up a potential “nuclear” showdown in the Senate as early as next week by approving two appeals court nominees whose far-right judicial philosophies and troubling judicial activism resulted in their nominations being blocked during the last Congress.

Boyle Testimony Confirms Opponents’ Fears

PFAW Analysis of Judiciary Committee Hearing Shows Severe Lack of Credibility and Radical Record Make Boyle Unfit to Serve on Fourth Circuit

People For the American Way released today an analysis of appeals court nominee Terrence Boyle’s March 3 confirmation hearing and his subsequent answers to written questions from senators. The report further documents that Boyle is unfit for promotion to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Boyle is scheduled for a Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday, April 21.

With Frist's Finger on the 'Nuclear' Button, PFAWF Launches New Ad

Republican Firefighter Returns to Washington to Save the Filibuster

With Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist poised to unleash the so-called "nuclear option" as early as next week, People For the American Way Foundation will release a new television spot in targeted states and on national cable news Wednesday, urging Senators to preserve the filibuster for judicial nominees as a part of our system of checks and balances on government power.

Nominees Brown and Owen Pushed toward Senate Vote despite Records of Putting Political Agenda before Law

Frist may use previously rejected nominees as excuse to deploy ‘nuclear option’

Two judicial nominees who failed to win Senate approval during President Bush’s first term are moving this week, with Senate Judiciary Committee votes scheduled on Thursday, April 21 for Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown.

Frist Embraces Radical Right's Religious McCarthyism

Letter Urges Frist to Repudiate 'Dishonest, Destructive, Despicable' Tactics

Senator Bill Frist is joining forces with radical right religious groups using malicious charges of religious bigotry to build support for Frist's plan to dismantle checks and balances that prevent one-party domination of the federal judiciary. People For the American Way today called on Frist to repudiate such tactics.

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;
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