Caitlin Halligan’s name is coming before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote today to move forward with her nomination to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit. Members of the Committee should be reminded of the RNLA’s opposition to her nomination, the first time around.
In November of 2011, RNLA leaders wrote, “The RNLA bases its opposition on a number of troubling aspects of Ms. Halligan’s record, including a lack of candor in answers she provided to the United States Committee on the Judiciary (“Committee”); contradictory and uninformed statements she provided regarding certain lawsuits; her views on constitutional interpretation; and the needless haste with which this nomination has moved despite no need for another judge on the D.C. Circuit.”
Why should Halligan be approved by the very Committee when she herself was not fully honest with them? When asked by a Senator about tort liability for gun manufacturers, she denied knowledge of the matter. Yet, as Solicitor General of New York, she filed a brief on exactly that topic.