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  • Bench Repair (Op-ed by Judge Pickering)

    03/26/2006 2:02:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2006 | Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr.
    During the hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Sam Alito, a good and decent man, the American public saw the raw, ugly underside of the judicial confirmation battle: Ted Kennedy's self-righteous, judgmental, holier-than-thou grilling of Judge Alito, and Mrs. Alito's obvious hurt over how her husband was treated. With good lawyers making far more money than federal judges, with nominees now facing a virtual firing squad at confirmation, it is no wonder studies now show half of those approached about being nominated to the federal judiciary say "no thanks." And it is not surprising the "brightest and best"...
  • WSJ Book Review: How the Judges Are Judged - "The Borking Rebellion" by Jeffrey Lord

    08/30/2005 6:55:52 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | QUIN HILLYER
    ...Mr. Lord is at pains to note that, although Judge Smith is less known than other judicial nominees who have come under "borking" assault -- think of William Pryor, Miguel Estrada, Janice Rogers Brown and Charles Pickering -- his experience offers a kind of template of abuse: Activist groups unearth whatever harmful details they can find, no matter how dubious; they gin them up into screaming charges; the charges in turn get picked up by reporters, eager to keep pace with a potential "controversy," and by politicians, eager to find any stick with which to beat a "dangerous" nominee from...
  • Judge Blocked by Filibuster Calls It Unconstitutional Tactic

    04/24/2005 6:18:06 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 688+ views
    The Lexington [KY] Herald-Leader ^ | April 24, 2005 | Brett Barrouquere [Associated Press]
    Louisville, Ky. – A retired federal judge whose promotion to an appellate court was blocked by a Senate filibuster called the tactic unconstitutional and said it should be ended permanently if it is used again. Charles Pickering of Mississippi made the comments in Louisville's Highview Baptist Church, a few hours before a rally was to start aimed at getting churchgoers to protest the filibuster of nominees for the federal judiciary. "Justice Sunday," organized by the conservative Family Research Council, was scheduled to feature a videotaped speech by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist rallying churchgoers to protest the filibuster tactic. Other...
  • Judge Pickering's 5th Circuit appointment coming to an end

    11/24/2004 6:42:56 PM PST · by kennedy · 21 replies · 852+ views
    nola.com ^ | November 24, 2004 | SHELIA HARDWELL BYRD
    Judge Charles Pickering could learn soon whether he'll be confirmed for a federal appeals court post, a doubtful prospect for the jurist accused of being racially insensitive and anti-abortion by Democrats in the U.S. Senate. If the Senate doesn't confirm Pickering before it adjourns in December, he'll be forced to retire from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, a post he currently holds by a recess appointment.
  • Pickering's recess federal appointment coming to an end

    11/26/2004 3:46:43 PM PST · by Ed Current · 12 replies · 634+ views
    KGBT4.com ^ | November 26, 2004 | Associated Press
    JACKSON, Miss. Federal appeals Judge Charles Pickering could learn soon whether he'll be confirmed for his seat on the Fifth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals.If the Senate doesn't confirm Pickering before it adjourns next month, he'll be forced to retire from the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans. He currently fills the seat under a recess appointment from President Bush. The Senate has confirmed 204 of the president's judicial nominees. There are 22 nominations pending, including Pickering's. But Pickering's confirmation has been doubtful. Senate Democrats have threatened a filibuster against Pickering's confirmation. They accuse him of supporting segregation as a...
  • For the Record, by Arlen Specter: "I never 'warned' the president about anything."

    11/10/2004 6:18:58 AM PST · by OESY · 40 replies · 1,238+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2004 | ARLEN SPECTER
    To resolve any concern that I would block pro-life judicial nominees, take a look at my record. I have consistently opposed any litmus test. I have backed that up by voting to confirm pro-life nominees including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Anthony Kennedy. I led the fight to confirm Justice Clarence Thomas, which almost cost me my Senate seat in 1992. I have voted for all of President Bush's judicial nominees in committee and on the floor. The current controversy was artificially created by incorrect reporting. I never "warned" the president on...
  • Pecking Pickering: Feminists slap judge with race card

    05/05/2004 8:01:36 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 4 replies · 160+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | 04 May 2004 | Daniel Clark
    As they have done to many Bush administration judicial nominees, the Democrats have accused Charles Pickering of having a "poor record on civil rights." Ostensibly because of this, they blocked his nomination from coming to the Senate floor. In response, President Bush has given Pickering a recess appointment, which allows him to sit on the appellate bench until a new Congress is sworn in next January, at which point the usual accusations of racism will start all over again. A March 28th 60 Minutes piece, reported by Mike Wallace, summarized the judge's record on race, and it so sharply contrasts...
  • Nat Hentoff: Pickering's Reputation Restored

    04/28/2004 8:30:41 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 9 replies · 143+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/26/04 | Nat Hentoff
    <p>For two years, Federal District Court Judge Charles Pickering, a Mississippi Republican, has suffered continuous character assassination by Senate Democrats who have filibustered his nomination by President Bush to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is on that bench now only because of a temporary recess appointment.</p>
  • The real Judge Charles Pickering

    04/26/2004 11:56:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 158+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2004 | Nat Hentoff
    <p>I have seldom seen a more sustained, damaging campaign of character assassination than the attacks on federal Judge Charles Pickering by Senate Democrats and such groups as People for the American Way and the Alliance for Justice. His nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals by the president has been filibustered by the Democrats, and he is now on that bench temporarily through a recess appointment.</p>
  • A 60 Minutes Miracle (Judge Charles Pickering justified)

    04/01/2004 8:27:27 PM PST · by Cedar · 18 replies · 220+ views
    A 60 Minutes Miracle By Paul Beston I was all set to turn off 60 Minutes last night after its first segment -- a too-brief and entirely anticlimactic interview with Condoleezza Rice -- but if I had, I would have missed a small miracle. Judge Charles Pickering finally got the public hearing he deserved, and the competence, courage, and decency of the man shined through. Pickering was nominated by President Bush to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001, but his appointment was blocked by Senate Democrats through 2003. Finally in January of this year, Bush made a...
  • A 60 Minutes Miracle

    03/29/2004 3:29:53 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 10 replies · 117+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/29/2004 | Paul Beston
    I was all set to turn off 60 Minutes last night after its first segment -- a too-brief and entirely anticlimactic interview with Condoleezza Rice -- but if I had, I would have missed a small miracle. Judge Charles Pickering finally got the public hearing he deserved, and the competence, courage, and decency of the man shined through. Pickering was nominated by President Bush to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001, but his appointment was blocked by Senate Democrats through 2003. Finally in January of this year, Bush made a recess appointment for Pickering. But when that...
  • A 60 Minutes Miracle (Pickering)

    03/29/2004 7:29:29 AM PST · by wjersey · 29 replies · 239+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/29/2004 | Paul Beston
    I was all set to turn off 60 Minutes last night after its first segment -- a too-brief and entirely anticlimactic interview with Condoleezza Rice -- but if I had, I would have missed a small miracle. Judge Charles Pickering finally got the public hearing he deserved, and the competence, courage, and decency of the man shined through. Pickering was nominated by President Bush to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001, but his appointment was blocked by Senate Democrats through 2003. Finally in January of this year, Bush made a recess appointment for Pickering. But when that...
  • Judge Charles Pickering gives '60 Minutes' interview

    03/26/2004 4:54:37 AM PST · by WKB · 56 replies · 252+ views
    The Clarion Ledger ^ | March 26, 2004 | By Gary Pettus
    <p>With charges of racial insensitivity marring his recent appointment to a federal appeals court, Judge Charles Pickering Sr. tells his side of the story Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes.</p> <p>The TV news magazine airs in the Jackson area on WJTV-Channel 12, starting at 6 p.m. Pickering is interviewed by Mike Wallace.</p>
  • Judge Pickering says he's not bitter ( a REAL man)

    01/31/2004 4:13:05 AM PST · by WKB · 90 replies · 181+ views
    The Clarion Ledger ^ | 01-31-04 | By Julie Goodman
    <p>HEBRON — Charles Pickering, settling on a couch, surveys the interior of his cyprus farmhouse, from the carefully mounted deer heads and stuffed mallards to the dozens of family photographs hung squarely on the walls.</p> <p>The dark corridor behind him leads to a spotless cast iron tub, unused pear-shaped soap and a neatly folded hand towel.</p>
  • Black and White in the ‘Gray Lady’ [New York Times]

    01/27/2004 1:04:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 178+ views
    CFIF ^ | 22 January 2004 | Editorial
    goes without saying that the mantra of The New York Times Editorial Pages is "All the Leftist Propaganda That’s Fit to Print." But sometimes the newspaper’s transparent knee-jerk liberalism shocks even us. Take, for example, the Gray Lady’s political hypocrisy when it comes to appointment of federal judges: Three years ago, when Bill Clinton bypassed the confirmation process by appointing Roger Gregory to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit while the Senate was in recess, the Times’ Editorial Board praised that President’s decisive action, stating that "Clinton rightly moved to address … the refusal by Congress to...
  • Mississippi GOP gets political mileage out of Pickering judicial battle

    01/26/2004 7:18:46 AM PST · by WKB · 10 replies · 104+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | Posted on Mon, Jan. 26, 2004 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    Judge Charles Pickering's exhausting journey to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a cause celebre for the Mississippi Republican Party. People shouldn't expect the talk about it to die down just because President Bush made an end-run around congressional Democrats and installed Pickering on the appeals bench Jan. 16. If anything, the GOP is now ideally situated to gain from the Pickering predicament. Republicans got what they wanted, because the 66-year-old judge - a former state senator, former head of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and former U.S. District Court judge - is serving on the court that handles...
  • Rolling Over on Judges

    01/23/2004 8:36:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 296+ views
    NRO ^ | January 23, 2004 | Timothy P. Carney
    The Hatch problem. President Bush's recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit follows a string of other actions that make it clear: When it comes to the judge battle, the gloves are off. Unfortunately, Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch hasn't gotten the memo. Hatch's politeness and charity towards his Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, often the source of frustration for conservatives in Washington, is now acutely damaging to the struggle to get conservative judges onto the federal bench. Specifically, Hatch's eagerness to comply with the Democratic witch-hunt — cooked up to draw attention away from embarrassing memos...
  • THE PICKERING PICKLE

    01/23/2004 1:55:43 AM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 143+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/23/04
    <p>January 23, 2004 -- Let's state at the outset that we're not enamored of "recess" appointments, whereby a president appoints an office-holder while Congress is not in session, allowing the official to hold the job for one year.</p> <p>Too often, such appointments are used simply to evade congressional confirmation. Bill Clinton was a serial abuser, and we criticized him whenever he did it.</p>
  • Senate Judiciary Dems to Make Stink on Pickering

    01/22/2004 4:37:10 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 17 replies · 161+ views
    FOX ^ | 1/22/04 | Julie Asher and Sharon Kehnemui
    <p>Minority members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are prepared to "express their concerns" Thursday about President Bush's decision to recess appoint Charles Pickering (search) to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Democratic sources on the committee told Fox News.</p> <p>Even as Democrats prepare to cooperate on the Senate floor and decline to filibuster the long-awaited omnibus spending bill, four Democrats on the panel are planning to bring up the issue of Pickering's appointment at the top of a hearing to confirm several non-controversial Bush nominees, the sources said.</p>
  • Smearing Judge Pickering

    01/21/2004 6:17:22 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 157+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2004 | House Editorial
    <p>In bypassing Congress and giving Judge Charles Pickering a recess appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, President Bush has partially righted a wrong that was done to a decent and honorable man. By giving Judge Pickering the recess appointment, which expires with this Congress next January, Mr. Bush circumvents the Senate confirmation process, in which Democrats have filibustered the Pickering nomination. This does not sit well with leading Democratic presidential candidates, among them Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who criticized Mr. Bush's decision and scolded Judge Pickering as someone who "regularly put his personal views above the law in civil rights cases."</p>
  • Pickering's recess appointment

    01/20/2004 10:37:55 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 117+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | Cal Thomas
    <p>Reacting to President Bush's recess appointment of Charles W. Pickering Sr. to a federal appeals court seat, Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat, called it a "travesty" that dishonors the civil rights movement. Mr. Corzine said he is disappointed that the president would "defy the will of the Senate and the civil rights community." Actually, the Senate never had an opportunity to vote on Mr. Pickering because a minority of Democrats filibustered his nomination and the Senate's arcane rules require 60 votes to shut off debate, which Republicans were unable to muster.</p>
  • Bush Got It Right on Pickering, the Post Got It Wrong

    01/20/2004 10:20:10 AM PST · by hinterlander · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | January 20, 2004 | Chris Field
    On Saturday, the Washington Post ran an editorial titled "End Run for Mr. Pickering," lamenting President Bush's decision to recess-appoint Judge Charles W. Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. His actions were a direct response to the Democrats' continued filibuster of Pickering's nomination. Instead of simply acknowledging that President Bush was fully within his right to make the appointment and that, even though they disagreed with Pickering's nomination, the President is right to circumvent a filibustering, stonewalling minority of Senators who won't allow a vote on the nomination to fill the vacancy classified as a "judicial emergency" by...
  • ABC Denounces Bush’s Recess Appointment, But Trumpeted Clinton’s

    01/19/2004 5:55:32 PM PST · by FlyLow · 30 replies · 200+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 1-19-04 | Medial Reseach Center
    ABC’s inconsistency on recess judicial appointments. On Friday night, Peter Jennings, without uttering a syllable about how Senate Democrats have used unprecedented tactics to block Bush judicial nominees or conveying anything positive about Charles Pickering’s qualifications, highlighted how “Democrats accuse Pickering of opposing civil rights” while Senator Kennedy claimed “'the President’s appointment serves only to emphasize again this administration’s shameful opposition to civil rights.’” But back in December of 2000 when President Clinton made a recess judicial appointment, anchor Aaron Brown treated Clinton as the one fully justified in his actions in the face of Senate Republicans opposed to black...
  • Bush Defies Senate Democrats, Appoints Pickering

    01/19/2004 7:37:02 AM PST · by Jeff Gannon · 52 replies · 666+ views
    Talon News ^ | 1/19/2004 | Jeff Gannon
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- After nearly three years of political wrangling over the nomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering, President Bush exercised his prerogative to put him on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals while the Senate was in recess. Senate Democrats stymied Pickering's nomination through procedural obstacles when they were in the majority and finally resorted to a filibuster when faced with the certainty of confirmation if a floor vote were taken. In a statement Friday, Bush said that he was using his constitutional authority to appoint Pickering because "a minority of Democratic Senators has been using unprecedented obstructionist...
  • End Run for Mr. Pickering - Barf Alert

    01/18/2004 9:43:38 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 20 replies · 248+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2004
    PRESIDENT BUSH'S decision Friday to install controversial judicial nominee Charles W. Pickering Sr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit using a recess appointment is yet another unwarranted escalation of the judicial nomination wars. We have lamented some of the attacks on Mr. Pickering, but his record as a federal trial judge is undistinguished and downright disturbing, and Senate Democrats are reasonable to oppose his nomination. Installing him using a constitutional end run around the Senate only inflames passions. The right path is to build consensus that nonpartisanship and excellence are the appropriate criteria for judicial selection....
  • NOW Outraged by Bush's Underhanded Appointment of Pickering

    01/18/2004 12:55:52 AM PST · by Jaysun · 106 replies · 1,202+ views
    NOW Outraged by Bush's Underhanded Appointment of Pickering January 16, 2004 "The National Organization for Women is outraged by George W. Bush's installation of Charles Pickering on the federal appeals court while Congress is in recess," said NOW President Kim Gandy. "We're no longer surprised by the underhandedness of this President—Bush apparently thinks that he can act unilaterally wherever and whenever he pleases." "NOW has vigorously opposed Pickering's nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for more than two years, and the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected this foe of women's rights once before," said Gandy. "We will certainly work...
  • Blacks at home support a judge liberals assail [NYT - Re: Charles Pickering]

    01/18/2004 4:50:50 AM PST · by summer · 72 replies · 399+ views
    The NYT ^ | Feb 17, 2002 | DAVID FIRESTONE
    Blacks at Home Support a Judge Liberals Assail By DAVID FIRESTONE LAUREL, Miss., Feb. 15 — Back in Washington, his opponents have depicted Judge Charles W. Pickering as the personification of white Mississippi's oppressive past, a man so hostile to civil rights and black progress that he is unfit for promotion to a federal appeals court. But here on the streets of his small and largely black hometown, far from the bitterness of partisan agendas and position papers, Charles Pickering is a widely admired figure of a very different present. In funeral parlors and pharmacies, used-car lots and the City...
  • W pulls a legal end run

    01/17/2004 9:04:00 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 42 replies · 190+ views
    NY Daily ^ | 1/7/04 | Thomas DeFrank
    President Bush tossed a bone to his conservative base yesterday and made an end run around Senate Democrats, appointing a controversial judge to the federal appeals court. Democrats had blocked Charles Pickering's nomination for two years, but the President handed the Mississippi judge a temporary recess appointment yesterday that requires no Senate approval. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a leading opponent of Bush's judicial nominations, denounced the move as "a finger in the eye to all those seeking fairness and bipartisanship in the judicial nominations process." "A man who [once] defended cross-burning does not deserve elevation to the bench," Schumer added...
  • Earthjustice: Recess Appointment Ignores Objections to Judicial Nominee;

    01/17/2004 8:53:01 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 99+ views
    Earthjustice: Recess Appointment Ignores Objections to Judicial Nominee; Pickering Appointed to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1/16/04 5:28:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Glenn Sugameli, 202-667-4500 ext. 221; Cat Lazaroff, 202-667-4500 ext. 213; both of Earthjustice WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In an outrageous end- run around serious objections raised by Senators and citizen groups, President Bush today used the cover of a Senate recess to appoint Mississippi federal trial judge Charles Pickering, Sr. to a seat on the vital U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Earthjustice said today. "This is a slap in the...
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America Speaks Out Against Recess Appointment of Charles Pickering

    01/17/2004 5:14:15 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 82+ views
    NARAL Pro-Choice America Speaks Out Against Recess Appointment of Charles Pickering 1/16/04 5:16:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: David Seldin of NARAL Pro-Choice America, 202-973-3032 WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Kate Michelman, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America: "Just days before Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day and mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, George Bush has given us a timely reminder of the need to stand up for the freedoms we cherish. With a ruthless disregard for our hard fought rights, the President is stepping up his campaign to place a...
  • Neas Calls Pickering Recess Appointment 'Absolutely Outrageous'(People For the American Way)

    01/17/2004 5:15:14 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 20 replies · 145+ views
    Neas Calls Pickering Recess Appointment 'Absolutely Outrageous' 1/16/04 5:18:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Laurie Boeder or Tarek Rizk of People for the American Way, 202-467-4999 WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following the announcement late Friday that the Bush Administration has made a recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas had the following comment: "Sadly, the President has once again chosen partisan confrontation over bipartisan cooperation. "This President is dedicated to packing the courts with right- wing judges who will...
  • Planned Parenthood Condemns Pickering Appt- Says Decision Bypasses Democratic Process

    01/17/2004 5:11:40 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 142+ views
    Planned Parenthood Condemns Pickering Appointment to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; Says Decision Bypasses Democratic Process 1/16/04 6:35:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Gustavo Suarez of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 212-261-4339 NEW YORK, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) today denounced President Bush's recess appointment of Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. "President Bush is thumbing his nose at the American people. Charles Pickering is an extremist ideologue who has a demonstrated record of disregarding civil rights and actively working to take away women's reproductive freedoms,"...
  • Black Group Praises Recess Appointment of Judge Charles Pickering

    01/17/2004 5:13:34 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 134+ views
    Black Group Praises Recess Appointment of Judge Charles Pickering 1/16/04 5:22:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research, 202-371-1400 ext. 106 WSAHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Members of the Project 21 African-American leadership network praised President George W. Bush for his recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pickering, who was originally nominated in May of 2001, has over 40 years of judicial experience. During his legal career, he testified against the Ku Klux Klan, defended black clients during the Jim Crow era...
  • National Organization for Women 'Outraged by Bush's Underhanded Appointment of Pickering'

    01/17/2004 5:12:13 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 46 replies · 213+ views
    National Organization for Women 'Outraged by Bush's Underhanded Appointment of Pickering' 1/16/04 6:15:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Lisa Bennett of the National Organization for Women, 202-628-8669, ext. 123 WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "The National Organization for Women is outraged by George W. Bush's installation of Charles Pickering on the federal appeals court while Congress is in recess," said NOW President Kim Gandy. "We're no longer surprised by the underhandedness of this President-Bush apparently thinks that he can act unilaterally wherever and whenever he pleases." "NOW has vigorously opposed Pickering's nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court...
  • Kerry Accuses Judge Pickering of "Lobbying for a man who was a cross-burner"

    01/17/2004 2:57:48 PM PST · by nwrep · 21 replies · 188+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | January 17, 2004 | nwrep
    At an event in Iowa a few minutes ago, John Kerry made an unfounded accusation against Federal Judge Charles Pickering, recently appointed by President Bush during Congressional recess. Kerry charged that Pickering "lobbied" for a man accused for cross-burning. In fact, Pickering merely presided over the trial of the said person. John "Effing" Kerry is an "Effin" Liar!!!
  • A Judicial End Run

    01/17/2004 6:21:52 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 50 replies · 143+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2004
    President Bush has used the only avenue remaining to him to install Charles Pickering Sr. of Mississippi on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: a recess appointment, which avoids the confirmation process. That recess appointments are a perfectly legal device used by other presidents in the past does not make this appointment any more palatable. Mr. Pickering is absolutely the wrong choice for one of the nation's most sensitive courts. Mr. Bush claimed that only a "handful" of senators had opposed Mr. Pickering. The opposition was in fact a good deal broader than that. Mr. Pickering was rejected in 2002...
  • Bush names judge despite filibuster

    01/17/2004 12:59:20 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 113+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/17/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>President Bush sidestepped the Senate yesterday and made a recess appointment of Judge Charles W. Pickering of Mississippi to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.</p> <p>The recess appointment, which needs no Senate approval, will be effective through the life of the present Congress, which expires in January 2005. President Bush made it after nearly a year of filibustering from a group of Democrats who have been opposed to Judge Pickering, whom they have depicted as insensitive to civil rights, and five other nominees offered by Mr. Bush.</p>
  • Bush installs federal judge (Kerry, Kennedy smear civil rights hero Pickering, AP silent on record)

    01/17/2004 1:26:10 AM PST · by Stultis · 31 replies · 290+ views
    AP via The Boston Globe ^ | 17 January 2004 | Jesse J. Holland
    <p>WASHINGTON -- In an election-year slap at filibustering Democrats, President Bush sidestepped Congress yesterday and installed Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi to the federal appeals court after a battle filled with racial, religious, and regional argument.</p> <p>Bush elevated Pickering by recess appointment, simply putting him in office while Congress was out of session. Such appointments, bypassing confirmation, are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.</p>
  • The Cross Burning Case: What Really Happened

    01/09/2003 8:00:18 AM PST · by Quilla · 49 replies · 1,828+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 9, 2003 | Byron York
    In their renewed attacks on Bush appeals-court nominee Charles Pickering, Democrats have focused on Pickering's rulings in a 1994 cross-burning case. Accusing Pickering of "glaring racial insensitivity," they charge that he abused his powers as a U.S. District Court judge in Mississippi to give a light sentence to a man convicted of the crime. "Why anyone would go the whole nine yards and then some to get a lighter sentence for a convicted cross burner is beyond me," New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday. "Why anyone would do that — in 1994 and in a state with Mississippi's...
  • Black Group Praises Recess Appointment of Judge Charles Pickering

    01/16/2004 2:49:42 PM PST · by veronica · 43 replies · 177+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 1/16/04
    To: National Desk Contact: David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research, 202-371-1400 ext. 106 WSAHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Members of the Project 21 African-American leadership network praised President George W. Bush for his recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pickering, who was originally nominated in May of 2001, has over 40 years of judicial experience. During his legal career, he testified against the Ku Klux Klan, defended black clients during the Jim Crow era and helped set up the Institute of Racial Reconciliation at Ole Miss. "President Bush...
  • Democrats filibuster Pickering nomination

    10/30/2003 10:18:51 PM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 81+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/31/03 | Charles Hurt
    <p>A group of Senate Democrats yesterday ignored weeks of intense pleading and lodged a filibuster against Judge Charles W. Pickering of Mississippi, their fourth against one of President Bush's judicial nominees.</p> <p>The filibustering Democrats accused Judge Pickering of being a segregationist throwback with little sensitivity toward blacks.</p>
  • Leaders pushing recess option for Pickering (— U.S. Sen. Trent Lott had been the lone vote against)

    11/21/2003 6:34:51 AM PST · by WKB · 28 replies · 142+ views
    The Clarion Ledger, ^ | November 21, 2003 | By Ana Radelat
    Republicans think this is last means to get judge to serve on 5th Circuit Court WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Trent Lott had been the lone vote against confirming a federal appeals court nominee because he disagreed with how former President Clinton gave the man a temporary appointment to the bench while Congress was out of town on recess. Now there's talk of pressing the White House to give Charles Pickering a so-called "recess appointment" to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Lott has changed his way of thinking. "It's not something I'm generally supportive of," he told a Capitol...
  • Bush installs Pickering on appeals court, bypassing Democrats who had blocked him

    01/16/2004 12:52:55 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 167+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 1/16/04 | Terence Hunt
    <p>President Bush bypassed Congress and installed Charles Pickering on the federal appeals court Friday, opening an election-year fight with Democrats who had stalled the nomination for more than two years.</p> <p>Bush installed Pickering by a recess appointment, which avoids the confirmation process. Such appointments are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.</p>
  • Bush Gives Recess Appointment to Pickering

    01/16/2004 12:54:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies · 207+ views
    FNC ^ | Friday, January 16, 2004
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Bush installed Charles Pickering (search) on a federal appeals court Friday, bypassing Democrats who had stalled his nomination for more than two years, sources said.</p> <p>Bush appointed Pickering by a recess appointment (search) which avoids the confirmation process (search). Such appointments are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.</p>
  • Bush RECESS APPOINTS Pickering!

    01/16/2004 12:17:32 PM PST · by Timesink · 236 replies · 622+ views
    January 16, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush sidesteps Congress and names Mississippi Judge Charles Pickering to federal appeals court, sources say.
  • Bush names Miss. Judge Charles Pickering to federal appeals court

    01/16/2004 12:14:46 PM PST · by DocCincy · 618 replies · 573+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | DocCincy
    This is posted as breaking news on msnbc's website. Did a search and didn't see it anywhere. Nothing follows for now. Anyone know anything?
  • Cheney Touts Bush at Mississippi Fund-raiser

    12/13/2003 7:35:17 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Jackson, MS, Clarion-Ledger ^ | 12-13-03 | Kanengiser, Andy
    <p>President Bush's resolve to win the war on terrorism, his tax-relief drive and initiatives to improve America's schools are reasons voters should re-elect him next year, Vice President Dick Cheney said in Jackson on Friday.</p> <p>"I'm confident that next year, the American people will re-elect President Bush for a job well done," Cheney told 200 Mississippi Republicans at a $1,000 per-ticket Bush campaign fund-raiser at the Clarion Hotel.</p>
  • Up All Night: Bill Frist gets serious about judges (FR mentioned!)

    11/13/2003 11:56:02 AM PST · by Qwinn · 102 replies · 365+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11/13/2003 | Andrew Grossman
    This morning, we know for sure: the Senate Republicans are serious about President Bush’s judicial nominees. There had been some question. Up until 6 PM last night, all the Majority Leader Bill Frist and his staff had to offer was talk. We heard from the Senator’s senior advisor that Frist had an “itchy trigger finger” to get something done about the nominees being filibustered by his Democrat colleagues. Months ago, they told us to “get ready for hardball.” Even before that, it was “Anything is possible, nothing is off the table.” And so when Frist’s staff told us last week,...
  • All Judges, All Night Long

    11/12/2003 5:44:18 AM PST · by OESY · 13 replies · 183+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>We hope 100 men and women in Washington got a good sleep last night because they aren't likely to catch a lot of ZZZs tonight or tomorrow. They'll be participants in the Senate GOP's plan to stage a 30-hour talkathon on the Democrats' unprecedented filibuster of President Bush's judicial nominees.</p>
  • Judge Pickering's Revenge

    11/06/2003 4:35:13 PM PST · by FredTownWard · 19 replies · 188+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 6, 2003 | Sean Rushton
    Last week, Senate Democrats effectively defeated the nomination of Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals through abuse of the filibuster. No doubt liberal ringleaders against the judge — Sens. Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), and Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) — were pleased to add another Bush nominee's scalp to their collection, but with Tuesday night's Republican victory in the Mississippi gubernatorial race, as well as vulnerable Senate seats across the south and midwest in 2004, it may be Pickering who ultimately has the last laugh.