Friday, March 1, 2013

Obomination: Ramming Through a Questionable D.C. Circuit Judicial Nominee

Caitlin Halligan has been nominated by President Obama five times now.  Next week, the Senate will be voting on her nomination to fill a seat on the bench of the D.C. Circuit.  Concerns about her nomination should justify Senators voting nay next week.

The Washington Times editorial board expressed concerns about Halligan because of “disturbing discrepancies in Senate testimony.”  They were referring to a 2004 New York City bar association report on enemy combatants that Halligan signed onto but claimed in testimony that it was “incorrect.”  Halligan listed this report as one of her documents provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judicial Action Group points out that of the five times, only one time was the nomination stalled by a filibuster because the other four times Democrat Senators did not move for her to be voted on; it appears that there is a Senate consensus against this nominee. Judicial Action Group also wrote a detailed memo outlining her controversial opinions on guns, war crimes, marriage, judicial pay and constitutional amendments.  

The Senate Republican Policy Committee has said, “Ms. Halligan’s well-documented record as a committed advocate of extreme liberal positions raises questions about whether she would be a fair and impartial jurist. These concerns are compounded by the fact that Ms. Halligan has been nominated to one of the most important courts in the United States.”

Read about more reasons to oppose Halligan in RNLA’s letter of opposition.

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