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  • Va. Gays Mad After One of Their Own Denied Judgeship

    05/16/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 16, 2012 | JP
    Every news story I’ve read about Tracy Thorne-Begland reports that he was denied a state judgeship by Virginia’s House of Delegates because he is openly gay. But that’s a lie. Thorne-Begland, a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney for the city of Richmond, was voted down by a 33-to-31 majority of the Virginia House because he is a gay activist. The chamber’s conservative Republicans expressed concern that the nominee for a seat on the General District Court in Richmond would transmogrify into a judicial activist. And they almost certainly were correct. They need look no further than California where Proposition 8, a voter-approved...
  • 11 Republican Senators Permit Former Planned Parenthood Director to Become Federal Judge

    05/05/2011 1:48:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 5, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    ( - Senate Democrats were able to confirm the former director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island to a lifetime federal judgeship after 11 Republicans voted to close debate on the nomination and allow it to come up for a final vote. As a lawyer, the new judge was also involved in litigation against the tobacco industry and a failed lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead paint. The cloture vote on the nomination of John J. “Jack” McConnell was 63 to 33 with 1 senator voting present and 2 senators not voting at all. Had 4 of the 11...
  • Not a Superior Type of Judge

    03/31/2011 11:31:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 31, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Should a lawyer who has participated in unprofessional conduct be awarded with a judgeship? Consider the nomination of Donna Murphy to be a superior court judge in the District of Columbia. The president, of course, is responsible for nominating lawyers to be judges in our federal courts. But he is also responsible for picking the local judges with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, which is a federal enclave. However, those superior court nominations are approved by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.), not the Senate Judiciary Committee that approves...
  • Black Panther-judgeship nexus

    02/12/2010 8:02:24 AM PST · by MadisonReagan · 3 replies · 257+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/12/2010 | Editorialist
    ...It was bad enough that the Justice Department flagrantly stonewalled an investigation of the [Black Panther case] by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which soon will reschedule its weather-delayed first formal hearing on the subject. Now we learn from the "Main Justice" Web site that the person assigned by the department to oversee an internal investigation into the controversy is the leading candidate for a federal judgeship - for which she is being vetted by some of the same offices she supposedly is investigating. Imagine if ace reporter Carl Bernstein had been interviewing to be White House press secretary...
  • Schwarzenegger appoints Silicon Valley lawyer Lucy Koh to judgeship

    01/25/2008 5:40:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 526+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/25/08 | Howard Mintz
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today appointed Silicon Valley lawyer Lucy Koh to a Santa Clara County Superior Court judgeship, moving quickly to fill an opening created by the recent disability retirement of Judge Randolf Rice. Koh, 39, is a partner in the McDermott, Will and Emery law firm, working as a litigator in the intellectual property department with a focus on patent and trade secrets cases. Koh is a former federal prosecutor who served in the major fraud section of the Los Angeles U.S. attorney's office and she worked as a Justice Department lawyer in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1997....
  • US settles white males' bias suit(Immigration Judgeship Clinton)

    10/12/2004 7:33:47 PM PDT · by watchout · 3 replies · 327+ views ^ | October 11, 2004 | Glenn Maffei
    US settles white males' bias suit Justice to pay $11.5m in preferential treatment case By Glenn Maffei, States News Service | October 11, 2004 WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with as many as 550 white men for $11.5 million, a rare win for the class of lawyers who say they were not chosen for high-profile jobs because of gender and skin color. Critics say the settlement, disclosed in the Federal Register last week and confirmed by Justice officials, marks a milepost in the Bush administration's active opposition to preferential treatment for ethnic minorities...
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy Loses Bid to Get Bill Pryor off Federal Bench

    06/11/2004 8:27:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 234+ views
    Ap ^ | june11, 2004
    Sen. Edward Kennedy Loses Bid to Get Bill Pryor off Federal Bench Associated Press Jun 11, 2004 ATLANTA (AP) - Sen. Edward Kennedy lost a legal challenge to President Bush's appointment of former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to a federal appeals judgeship. Pryor's appointment has been vigorously opposed by Democratic senators who have objected to his past comments and writings on abortion and homosexuality. After the Senate failed to confirm Pryor's appointment, Bush installed him on the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Feb. 20 as a "recess appointment," which does not require Senate confirmation. In a challenge filed...
  • 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...
  • Rep. Chip Pickering, R-MS, Says His Father's Fight for Judicial Post Bigger than One Person

    05/30/2003 5:46:13 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 167+ views
    Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger ^ | 05-30-03 | Volz, Matt, AP
    <p>U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering says his father, Judge Charles W. Pickering, is feeling the strain of his controversial judicial nomination, but that the principle of winning the battle outweighs personal considerations.</p> <p>"In many ways, it's larger than him," Pickering said on Thursday. "It is about standing up to those groups who would make false charges, false allegations, that would misuse race to divide us."</p>
  • The lynching of Estrada

    02/07/2003 6:31:01 AM PST · by ShelleyAa · 9 replies · 153+ views
    For all their sanctimonious calls for diversity, one might actually think many Senate Democrats desire our nation to be a nation diverse of thought and people; they do not. Simply put, their words don’t match their actions. Enter one Miguel Estrada, a Hispanic who came to America as a teenager from Honduras speaking virtually no English, to the recent May 2001 “unanimous well-qualified” highest possible American Bar Association rated nominee. Estrada is a Columbia University and Harvard Law School honors graduate with impressive lawyer’s resume, who has argued 15 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, worked as a federal prosecutor,...