Opposing The Confirmation of Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to The United States Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit

Pickering and Civil Rights

Civil rights issues have frequently come before Charles Pickering, both as a federal judge in Mississippi and as a life-long resident of that state. His record both before and after becoming a judge, however, does not demonstrate an affirmative commitment to civil rights protections. To the contrary, his record reflects insensitivity and even hostility toward key principles and remedies that now safeguard civil rights and indifference toward the problems caused by laws and institutions that have previously created and perpetuated discrimination.

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