Fair and Just Courts

Editorial Memorandum: The Demand for a Senate Floor Vote on Pickering: How the Right is Wrong

Editorial Memorandum: The Demand for a Senate Floor Vote on Pickering: How the Right is Wrong

Editorial Memorandum: The Right's Revisionism on the Defeat of the Pickering Nomination

Editorial Memorandum: The Right's Revisionism on the Defeat of the Pickering Nomination

Editorial Memorandum: The Right's Revisionism on the Defeat of the Pickering Nomination

In his remarks on March 14, Senator Hatch seemed to suggest that the Senate should not even consider the judicial philosophy or "ideology" of nominees. Yet Senator Hatch himself, in a 1997 speech to the Federalist Society, stated that the Senate should "ascertain the jurisprudential views a nominee will bring to the bench in order to prevent the confirmation of those who are likely to be judicial activists." And Senator Hatch chaired the Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2000, when 35 percent of President Clinton's appellate court nominees were blocked without a single Senate vote.

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