Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: RNLA Opposes Judicial Nominee Caitlin Halligan

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is opposing the nomination of Caitlin Halligan, President Obama’s pick to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit.  RNLA leaders sent a second letter to Senate leaders, urging them not to confirm her.  RNLA Chair Randy Evans said, “President Obama has had the audacity to nominate failed nominee Caitlin Halligan five times.  Enough is enough.”

The RNLA leaders wrote in their most recent letter, “In 2011, the Senate rejected her nomination, and there is no reason that the Senate should not do so again.”  Caitlin Halligan’s failure to be honest with the Senate Judiciary Committee in testimony about her positions on the Second Amendment is one of the concerns of the RNLA.  Other troubling aspects of the nominee are her controversial legal theories on the First Amendment rights of protesters and the detention of enemy combatants in the war on terror, especially as both of her positions were rejected by the courts.

John Ryder, RNLA Vice President for Judicial Affairs, said, “President Obama wants to pack the courts with extreme nominees.  The Senate should not confirm nominees like Caitlin Halligan, who are outside the mainstream.”

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is the national organization of Republican attorneys.  The mission of the RNLA is to advance professionalism; open, fair and honest elections; career opportunity; and Republican ideals. 

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