Fair and Just Courts

Important Cases Await the Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court prepares to begin its 2002-03 Term on Monday, October 7, a series of important civil rights and civil liberties cases are already on its docket. The cases the Court is scheduled to hear deal with congressionally mandated Internet filtering in public libraries, legal protections for family planning clinics, whether state employees are protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and more

PFAW Concerns About Miguel Estrada Detailed in Letter To Senate Judiciary Committee

People For the American Way has serious concerns about Miguel Estrada, nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Estrada’s recorded work raises significant doubts about whether he possesses the judicial temperament, the commitment to open-minded decision-making, and the necessary appreciation of fundamental civil and constitutional rights and liberties needed in any nominee to this lifetime appointment.

People For the American Way Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Appeals Court Nominee Michael McConnell

McConnell’s Legal Philosophy Poses Severe Threat
to Civil Rights, Religious Liberty and Reproductive Choice.

People for the American Way Report in Opposition to the Confirmation of Michael W. McConnell

In evaluating the nomination of Michael W. McConnell, there is no question that he possesses the intellectual ability and technical legal skills to be a federal judge. People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation have worked closely with, and in some cases against, McConnell on religious liberty issues on several occasions, and we have great respect for his intellect and legal skills. But these important prerequisites are clearly not sufficient for an individual to be confirmed to a lifetime position on the federal appellate bench. No one can seriously question that President Bush and his advisors were influenced by McConnell’s well-known legal philosophy and ideology in nominating him. By the same token, as more than 200 law professors have written to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senators should consider whether a nominee has demonstrated an “open mind to decision-making” and a “record of commitment to the progress made on civil rights, women’s rights, and individual liberties.”

Owen Rejected

The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the President Bush's nomination of Priscilla Owen to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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