News Release

Judicial Nominees: How Should the Senate Proceed?

NATHAN NEWMAN
Newman is chair of the Judicial Nominations Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. He said today: “With the changeover in control of the Senate, there is now the chance for a counterbalance to Bush’s attempt to pack the federal courts with right-wing appointees…. The loss by the Republicans of control of the Judiciary Committee should give the Democrats a veto on such nominations, a quite appropriate process in view of the closeness of the election, to assure that only those judges moderate enough to be acceptable to the broadest range of Americans will be confirmed.”

HEIDI BOGHOSIAN
Executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, an association of attorneys, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers, Boghosian said today: “Given the Supreme Court’s interference in Bush’s selection for the presidency last fall and given the fact that a majority of the population voted against his election, it is the Guild’s position that Bush has no legitimacy to appoint judges and thereby control the third branch of our government, the judiciary. We call on senators to block all nominees until a nonpartisan process for selecting judicial nominees is developed which reflects the majority view in this country in support of civil rights, environmental regulations and protection of civil liberties.”
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MARCIE ROTH
Roth is director of advocacy and public policy for the National Council on Independent Living. She said today: “People with disabilities from across the country are looking to the Senate to signal its continued support for our civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, by refusing to confirm Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is critically important that the Senate act to block his nomination.”
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For further information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

For further information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167