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Dems plot last ditch effort to block judicial nomination
capitolhillblue.com ^ | 11/18/02 | capitolhillblue.com/AP

Posted on 11/18/2002 6:05:34 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!

Democrats plan to take one last shot at blocking one of President Bush's judicial nominees while they still control the Senate, hoping to defeat the promotion of a former aide to retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond.

The Senate set aside most of Monday to debate the appeals court nomination of U.S. District Judge Dennis Shedd. While under its current Democratic control, the chamber has only debated an appeals court nominations when party leaders wanted to kill it.

Shedd is a former assistant to the 99-year-old Thurmond, who will retire in January. Thurmond, R-S.C., has asked for Shedd's promotion to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., before he ends his 48-year Senate career.

Democratic senators and liberal groups have criticized Shedd's ruling as a trial judge, saying he has been insensitive in civil rights and employment discrimination cases.

Republicans say Shedd has been a fine judge and lawyer, and should be confirmed as a retirement favor to Thurmond, the oldest and longest serving member of Congress.

None of Bush's judicial nominees has been voted down in the full Senate, although two were stopped in the Judiciary Committee.

The GOP takes control of the Senate when the 108th Congress convenes in January. Republican leaders say they will reconsider the two appeals court nominees that the committee voted down this year.

Liberal groups were incensed Thursday when the Judiciary Committee approved Shedd's nomination on a voice vote, the first time the panel has done that for a Bush appeals court nominee. Democrats control the committee 10-9, and could have killed the nomination for the year if all Democrats had officially voted against Shedd.

But outgoing committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ruled that Shedd's proponents won the voice vote and didn't force a recorded vote.

The panel also approved Utah professor Michael McConnell for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver by voice vote, over objections by groups opposing his outspoken opposition to abortion. The full Senate completed his confirmation Friday night without debate or a roll call vote.

The actions upset liberal activist groups.

"We are very disappointed that senators who voted for Judge Shedd were unable to put the interests of the American people, whom they were elected to serve, over their personal affection for a retiring colleague," said Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice.

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said: "Senators who voted to confirm Dennis Shedd and Michael McConnell sent a clear signal to women, racial minorities, workers and consumers across America that their voices will not be heard."

The Senate has confirmed 99 of Bush's first 130 federal court nominations.

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KEYWORDS: demsplot; ditch; effort; judicial; last; nomination; southcarolina; toblock

1 posted on 11/18/2002 6:05:34 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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2 posted on 11/18/2002 6:06:31 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: All
Current Judicial Appointments Data
3 posted on 11/18/2002 6:08:04 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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"The actions upset liberal activist groups."

We are doing something right!

4 posted on 11/18/2002 6:09:33 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
The Democratic Party: Obstructionists to the very end!
5 posted on 11/18/2002 6:10:27 AM PST by Destructor
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
None of Bush's judicial nominees has been voted down in the full Senate, although two were stopped in the Judiciary Committee.I was under the impression it was more than two.
6 posted on 11/18/2002 6:14:17 AM PST by I still care
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To: All

7 posted on 11/18/2002 6:19:05 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: I still care
I think Leaking Leahy and his claque only allowed two to even be voted on.
8 posted on 11/18/2002 6:21:19 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Dems plot last ditch effort to block judicial nomination

They are going to get Hillary involved? Oh, my bad! The headline says ditch. Sorry.

9 posted on 11/18/2002 6:23:00 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Democratic senators and liberal groups have criticized Shedd's ruling as a trial judge, saying he has been insensitive in civil rights and employment discrimination cases.

Will anybody ever be required to put-up-or-shut-up regarding these silly allegations of racial insensitivity? He's a Bush nominee and a friend of Thurman. That's enough to get the racial Jihadists opposed to him. The rest of the media just carries their charge without any examination of the particulars.

10 posted on 11/18/2002 6:25:04 AM PST by gridlock
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
So what's their beef with Shedd on "civil rights cases"? I have yet to hear any specifics.
11 posted on 11/18/2002 6:26:11 AM PST by agrace
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; All
Look at the vile ,hateful, mean spirited, outright, lies the DNC has on their official web page, on the abortion subject.


12 posted on 11/18/2002 6:31:03 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: gridlock
That's what I want to know. I just started a search to find out what these so-called "civil rights issues" are and the first link I clicked on was to NOW. They have a whole page on Shedd, which I skimmed through and dismissed because they have no sources cited or cased docs to link to etc. In fact the ONLY source was - get this - here's the case they cite and the source -

In 1998, he ruled against the American Civil Liberties Union in its challenge to a local school board's enforcement of a student dress code that regulated skirt lengths and prohibited denim.*

* Source: Freerepublic.com

HAHAHAHAHA!

13 posted on 11/18/2002 6:34:38 AM PST by agrace
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To: agrace
I suppose the very first sentence of his bio is one thing.

______________________________________________________

Dennis W. Shedd

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the United States District Court for South Carolina in 1990, Dennis W. Shedd has served as a federal jurist for more than a decade following nearly twenty years of legal practice and public service. Judge Shedd graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wofford College in 1975, received a juris doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1978, and received a Masters of Laws from Georgetown University in 1980.

From 1978 through 1988, Judge Shedd served in a number of different capacities in the United States Senate including Counsel to the President Pro Tempore and Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Upon leaving the Senate staff in 1988, Judge Shedd became of counsel in the firm of Bethea, Jordan & Griffin while simultaneously maintaining his own Law Offices of Dennis W. Shedd.

From 1989 to 1992, Judge Shedd was an adjunct professor of law at the University of South Carolina. While serving in his current capacity as a United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina, Judge Shedd has been a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch and its subcommittee on Judicial Independence. Judge Shedd is actively involved in community activities in his home of Columbia, South Carolina including his participation helping to organize and promote drug education programs in the local public schools.



14 posted on 11/18/2002 6:34:44 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: agrace
Senator grills Shedd on abortion views
By Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

     Circuit Court nominee Judge Dennis W. Shedd faced tough questioning yesterday by a Senate panel, including one Democrat who threatened to vote against the candidate's confirmation unless he detailed his views on abortion.

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     The South Carolina district judge was nominated by President Bush to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He declined to state his abortion views, saying it would require his recusal in future court hearings on the issue.
     "I will not do anything but apply the law," Judge Shedd said in response to questions from Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
     Mr. Schumer said he would resubmit specific questions to be answered in writing. "That is not acceptable to get my vote," the New York Democrat said.
     Judge Shedd, a former staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, fielded numerous questions from that same panel on a court case involving the flying of the Confederate battle flag over the statehouse dome. However, Judge Shedd never reached the merits of the issue.
     Sen. Herb Kohl, Wisconsin Democrat, accused Judge Shedd of downplaying the importance of the issue.
     "These people turned to the government for a fair hearing, and it sounds like you were minimizing its importance," Mr. Kohl said.
     In a complaint brought by white plaintiffs, Judge Shedd said he questioned their constitutional claim that the flag should be removed because it was offensive.
     "I did not make light of the constitutional claim," Judge Shedd said. "A lot of things are controversial; during Vietnam some thought the American flag was controversial. I said it was not a strong enough theory that just because it's controversial, it's unconstitutional."
     Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican and ranking member, said there is a "repugnant attempt to smear Judge Shedd by taking his words entirely out of their context with regard to the neuralgic issue of the Confederate flag."
     "Judge Shedd never addressed the merits of the Confederate flag issue. Instead, he stayed the federal case to permit a parallel state action to go forward," Mr. Hatch said.
     Judge Shedd's nomination is opposed by women's organizations and the South Carolina Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who say he is hostile to civil rights issues.
     However, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina Democrat, said the information used by "ladies groups and NAACP is hearsay" and unfounded.
     "Judge Shedd is my kind of judge — hard and tough, but hard and tough on both sides," Mr. Hollings said. "He has an outstanding record of sound judgment."
     The NAACP's statement that Judge Shedd had "a deep and abiding hostility to civil rights" was a "breathtaking charge," Mr. Hatch said.
     "I have to tell you I was outraged by this. It is a distortion far beyond the pale of decency and I hope my colleagues will be quick to repudiate such rabid practices," Mr. Hatch said.
     "In part, I am outraged because there are some who would profile Judge Shedd as merely a white male from the South and start from there to give him a certain treatment," Mr. Hatch said.
     Republicans say Democrats are engaging in a pattern of character assassination by portraying Mr. Bush's judicial nominees from the South as racists.
     Judge Shedd's other home-state senator, 99-year-old Strom Thurmond, made a rare appearance and statement to support the nominee, who worked for the South Carolina Republican for 10 years.
     "Judge Shedd possesses the highest sense of integrity, a thorough knowledge of the law and a good judicial temperament," said Mr. Thurmond.
     "He is a man of impeccable character and will make an outstanding addition to the federal appellate bench."
15 posted on 11/18/2002 6:38:41 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: agrace
Even if Shedd were not prolife the Dems and NOW would still find something they did not like as anyone who is not leftist progressive is out with them. This is their downfall. It is about THEM, not the American people.

They actually think of their views as narcissists all awhile it is only a small percentage of our country that share their views that is why they are and will be losers.

16 posted on 11/18/2002 6:46:33 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
You know, it is AMAZING to me that the democrats devow any sort of litmus test but senators like Chuck Schumer have the audacity to say that Shedd's response on abortion "isn't acceptable to get my vote." Hello, you just made it a single issue vote, not only that, told him exactly what you want to hear from him without directly saying it. And still no specifics on civil rights, although now we get he has "a deep and abiding hostility" to them. Guess I'll focus on NAACP & Shedd in my search now. Thanks for the articles. :)
17 posted on 11/18/2002 6:52:34 AM PST by agrace
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
all awhile it is only a small percentage of our country that share their views

This election certainly seemed to demonstrated that and hopefully it will continue in the future, that their views will be touted as more and more such fringe, since they actually are compared to the average American voter. The frustrating thing has been that they mostly have the media mouthpiece but I think that is shifting as well.

18 posted on 11/18/2002 6:56:43 AM PST by agrace
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
If conservative judges are to gain Senate approval, we must preserve a Republican Senate--which is in greater jeopardy than many realize.

For those who understand why the Louisiana election is crucial to retaining the Senate in the face of possible Republican defections by Chafee and McCain, please see the article just posted on:

"How Suzanne Terrell can Defeat Mary Landrieu"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/791117/posts
19 posted on 11/18/2002 6:59:56 AM PST by elenchus
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To: agrace
Bush Administration Nominees by Name
20 posted on 11/18/2002 7:00:37 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: elenchus
Please explain exactly what happened with this election. Was it close?, did the dems scream for a re-count, as 'every vote did not count'? Did the good folks of La. wake up to the fact that the democratic party is no longer the same as in the Kennedy era? The state is very catholic and used to vote democrat for the pro life/ morals issue-did they wake-up?
21 posted on 11/18/2002 7:05:11 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: elenchus
I have not been aware of the facts of the La. situation... obviously from my last post. I really have no clue as to what happened. When will this election be final, in La.?
22 posted on 11/18/2002 7:07:33 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!

Me thinks we did do something about this alread!

23 posted on 11/18/2002 7:15:55 AM PST by BJungNan
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
The issue should be simple. The judicial nominee should have a good grasp of the English language and be willing to enforce what a reasonable person would read. All Senators take an oath to uphold the Constitution. There should be no choice as to the party or political persuasion of the potential judge.
24 posted on 11/18/2002 7:28:35 AM PST by meenie
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To: **South_Carolina
Judge Shedd bump!
25 posted on 11/18/2002 7:31:45 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
The President's approval ratings must not be quite high enough for the dems. LOL.
26 posted on 11/18/2002 7:56:03 AM PST by Darlin'
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Thanks for the heads up!
27 posted on 11/18/2002 9:30:09 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said:
"Senators who voted to confirm Dennis Shedd and Michael McConnell sent a clear signal to women, racial minorities, workers and consumers across America that their voices will not be heard."

Or:
"Senators who voted to confirm Dennis Shedd and Michael McConnell sent a clear signal to decent, hard-working, traditional families across America that their voices have been heard."

28 posted on 11/18/2002 9:37:31 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: meenie
The issue should be simple

It should be simple, but to the scumbags, it is not. The Democrats need activist judges who will impose taxes from the bench, who will push a socialist agenda from the bench, and who will destroy the traditional American family unit from the bench. This is how Democrats derive the political power they lust for, and everybody else be damned. It's simple.

29 posted on 11/18/2002 9:46:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
You summed it up quite well!
30 posted on 11/19/2002 2:21:19 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: PistolPaknMama
I watched on C-Span and saw how the dems are accusing Shedd of outlandish things. They dems look like the lying fools they are.
31 posted on 11/19/2002 2:23:39 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Darlin'
CWA Renews Calls for Apology From Feinstein to Judicial Nominee


32 posted on 11/22/2002 10:41:43 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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