Fair and Just Courts

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;
  • George W. Bush’s Winter Surprise – a New Supreme Court?

    An Edit Memo from Ralph G. Neas

    At a closed-door luncheon in September with high-dollar Republican donors, President Bush bragged that an election victory would give him an opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice shortly after his inauguration, and perhaps three more high-court vacancies during his second term, according to a report in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Gushed one enthusiastic attendee, “Won’t that be amazing? Can you imagine? Four appointments!”

    Report Examines Decisions by Bush Judges in 2004

    Bush Appointees to the Federal Appeals Court Often Seek to Restrict Individual Rights, Access to Justice, and Congressional Authority

    A report from People For the American Way Foundation documents that concerns raised about Bush nominees to the federal appeals courts have been well-founded, as many of those judges now sitting on the bench wrote or joined opinions this year seeking to significantly limit congressional authority, protection of individual rights, and access to justice.

    The Future of the Supreme Court as an Issue in the Presidential Election

    The president elected in November will almost certainly get to name two, three, or even four new Supreme Court justices. With the current Supreme Court closely divided on crucial constitutional issues – a constitutional right to privacy, civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, reproductive rights, separation of church and state, and more – any new justices named by the president and confirmed by the Senate will have an impact on American law and Americans’ lives far beyond the presidential term.

    Coming Soon to NY and DC: Revival of GOP’s ‘Obstructionism’ Melodrama

    Don't be surprised when this tired and baseless claim rears its ugly head at the GOP convention
    At the Republican convention next week and on the Senate floor in September, GOP officials are expected to turn up the volume on their frequently repeated charge that President Bush’s judicial nominees are being unfairly held up by Senate Democrats’ “obstructionism.” Repeating this demonstrably false charge is a cynical campaign tactic for the Bush reelection team, and one that doesn't hold much water after a quick look at the numbers: 198 judges confirmed vs. 10 filibustered.

    Learn more about the nomination process at our Bush Nominee Resource Center

    Gop Turns Senate into Bush Campaign Auxiliary on Judges

    Senate Republican leaders plan to stage a series of cloture votes and a Judiciary Committee vote on four controversial judicial nominees on Thursday. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said the votes demonstrated GOP leaders’ willingness to run roughshod over Senate rules and traditions in order to satisfy the demands of President Bush’s campaign strategy.

    Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious