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Rule Change Would Ban Judges' Federalist Society Membership
realclearpolitics.com ^ | 1/24/20 | Susan Crabtree

Posted on 01/24/2020 5:14:58 AM PST by cotton1706

As Democrats’ efforts to oust President Trump from office have played out in the Senate this week, his opponents in the judiciary branch of government quietly maneuvered to curb conservatives’ growing influence on the federal bench.

The ethical advisory arm of the federal judiciary is quietly circulating a draft rule that would ban judges and their clerks from belonging to the Federalist Society, an organization aimed at fostering an originalist interpretation of the Constitution at law schools and through forums and debates across the country.

The proposed rules change is the latest salvo in a campaign to cast the Federalist Society as too political, and thereby politically risky, for judiciary participation. The Wall Street Journal editorial board labeled the proposal “judicial political mischief masked in high sounding rhetoric,” a step that is spurring a backlash among “judges and others” who should denounce it as “undermining legal education in America and perhaps violating the First Amendment right of association.”

Conservative activists put it more bluntly, calling the rules change a transparent attempt to neuter the Federalist Society. The motivation is obvious, these activists say, after the Senate has confirmed a record number of Trump-appointed judges, many of whom are Federalist Society members or have participated in the group’s events.

“This rules change was probably instigated and driven by people who are upset with the transformation that is taking place in the federal judiciary, and since they are on the left, they are accustomed to addressing problems by trying to censor the other side,” a longtime Federalist Society member told RealClearPolitics. “And that’s exactly what this is — an act of censorship.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; federalistsociety; trumpjudges
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The latest trick to disqualify conservatives, now that ABA ratings (a previous trick) are totally discredited.

But being a former ACLU lawyer (RBG) is just fine!

1 posted on 01/24/2020 5:14:59 AM PST by cotton1706
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bttt


2 posted on 01/24/2020 5:16:13 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: cotton1706

Totalitarians are SO predictable.


3 posted on 01/24/2020 5:18:04 AM PST by tomkat
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To: cotton1706

I didn’t realize the judiciary branch had its own cadre of bureaucrats.


4 posted on 01/24/2020 5:22:06 AM PST by I-ambush (One foot in the grave, one foot on the pedal I was born to rebel.)
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To: cotton1706

I disagree it is censorship; it is an infringement of freedom of association. An act the federal government is specifically forbidden from meddling with.


5 posted on 01/24/2020 5:22:38 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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Judges and clerks MUST then also resign from the ABA, as it is primarily a radical liberal advocacy organization now. Most right thinking conservative attorneys have long ago quit supporting the ABA with their dues.


6 posted on 01/24/2020 5:23:13 AM PST by oldplayer
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To: cotton1706
CPUSA is A:OK though
7 posted on 01/24/2020 5:25:02 AM PST by Chode (Send bachelors and come heavily armed.)
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Lamenting that the drafted change “leaked,” Erickson also played it down as a “proposal open to discussion” during a 120-day comment stage, which will end May 20.

So what are the proposed changes? The artcle had a lot of outrage but few actual facts. It's not like the actual text or a link would hit a hard limit on publishing space like the size of page on a newspaper.

And I doubt that the American Communist Lawyers Union will be touched.

8 posted on 01/24/2020 5:27:18 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Cutest internet video: Charlie bit my finger. Creepiest internet video: Joe Biden bit my finger.)
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To: kingu

You beat me to it.

“Rule change” can’t trump Constitution and Bill of Rights.


9 posted on 01/24/2020 5:27:30 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = USSR; Journ0List + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey)
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ACLU defended Communist traitors from domestic wiretaps but is okay with spying on the Trump campaign


10 posted on 01/24/2020 5:29:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise (We need a tax to stamp out Communism- If you espouse Marxism we’ll redistribute all of your money.)
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...also, religious beliefs would be banned, and communist Party membership mandated.

These simple rule changes would help to weed out some of the worst threats to the revolution.


11 posted on 01/24/2020 5:29:57 AM PST by BeauBo
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Lamenting that the drafted change “leaked,” Erickson also played it down as a “proposal open to discussion”

You cannot lament that it leaked and claim that it is open for discussion. Some dichotomies are not false, and this is one. It's one or the other baby.

12 posted on 01/24/2020 5:31:19 AM PST by AndyJackson
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Amendment I: of the Right of the People peacefully to assemble...

...would seem to be of some import here.

13 posted on 01/24/2020 5:40:17 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Politicians don't seek solutions, they seek problems.)
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These leftists are disgusting and pathetic. CRUSH them! No quarter to these smarmy anti-Freedom losers. None.


14 posted on 01/24/2020 5:44:18 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp???)
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To: cotton1706

How exactly would they enforce such a rule?


15 posted on 01/24/2020 5:46:30 AM PST by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government...)
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To: hal ogen

After we retake the House, I really hope to see The House Un-American Activities Committee resurrected.


16 posted on 01/24/2020 5:47:43 AM PST by polymuser (It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and so few by deceit. Noel Coward)
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sure sounds like a blatant and deliberate violation of First Amendment right to “freedom of association” to me, LAWSUIT!


17 posted on 01/24/2020 5:59:46 AM PST by eyeamok
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18 posted on 01/24/2020 6:00:12 AM PST by tomkat
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To: cotton1706

Soon reading the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence will be a felony punishable by an indefinite stay at a small facility somewhere in the Southwest that no one returns from. Ever.


19 posted on 01/24/2020 6:00:22 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: Chode

A:OK is out, A:OC is in


20 posted on 01/24/2020 6:01:19 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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